Dedicated football officers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/1840
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to question No: 2017/0570:

'How many dedicated football officers are there in the Met; how much of a Dedicated football officer's time on average in each football division is spent on these duties; and who pays for this time?'

Your response being:

'There are 15 Dedicated Football Officers in the MPS, who all fall under the MPS Public Order Branch.  They spend 100% of their working time performing this role and are paid from the MPS Public Order Branch budget'

Do you agree that if these costs were met by the football clubs who benefit   from this work and which work would not be necessary but for the clubs, 15 more officers could otherwise be patrolling the streets of London; and what steps are you taking to try tom recoup these costs from the clubs or their leagues?

Answer

Answer for Dedicated football officers

Answer for Dedicated football officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Dedicated Football Officers (DFO) play an important role in ensuring that the MPS is able to effectively police football across London. They provide a level of expertise and professional engagement with clubs and fans which means that the MPS is best able to discharge core duties efficiently and effectively.

MOPAC are making representations to the Home Office regarding how the MPS can recoup more money for policing from football clubs.