Policing football matches at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2987
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What is the anticipated total cost of policing football matches at the London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park over the coming financial year? Can you confirm if, under the terms of its deal with the London Legacy Development Corporation, West Ham United is obliged to make any contribution to the cost of the police presence required outside its stadium on match days?

Answer

Answer for Policing football matches at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Answer for Policing football matches at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is no ongoing Special Policing Services agreement in place with London Stadium 185 for the London Stadium at this stage and consequently no agreed estimate of cost for this season.

 

This is being developed and the MPS will seek to agree a long term SPS with LS185 once the full in-building Airwave radio system is completed.

There is an interim policing plan that sees officers deployed into the stadium in cases of emergency. Also the MPS will seek SPS agreements with LS185 on a match by match basis for any officers required to be deployed in a preventative capacity inside the stadium or on land owned, leased or controlled by LS185 as a result of intelligence leading up to the game. An SPS was in place for the West Ham versus Stoke City game on 5th November.

There are police resources deployed outside the QE Park area on a threat, risk and harm basis. These officers are not routinely deployed on land owned, occupied, or controlled by the stadium operator so there is no charge for these.

London Stadium 185 is the stadium operator and any financial arrangement with the stadium owners or West Ham is a matter for them.