How much does it cost to police major protests?

Interesting figures from the Met Police:

  • Tamil Ceasefire protests – estimated total policing cost of £12.8m
  • G20 Summit – estimated total policing cost of £7.4m
  • Notting Hill Carnival – estimated total policing cost of £6.6m
  • Summer Climate Camp – estimated total policing cost of £2.3m

Some of those seem pretty good value for money such as the Notting Hill Carnival, bearing in mind the enjoyment so many people get from the event. Looking at some of the other costs, perhaps in future the police should offer to fund TV advertisements in return for protest not happening: could save money and make for more effective communication of protestors’ message 🙂

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8 Comments

  • Cost a darn sight less to police protests than it does to police the visit of the leader of a religious sect.

  • Chris Thomas 30th Aug '10 - 6:17pm

    Hmmmmmmmm…scratching the grey head, shakes the one surviving brain cell…….errr how about a free box at speakers corner…..

  • why does it cost so much? overtime? stop the war on drugs and all those offices could be saved and no overtime need to be spent. £6m for notting hill what crazyness

  • I am quite surprised at the high cost of policing the Tamil protests as opposed to the G20 incident. The Scots police probably have the right idea when they talk about recovering some of the costs from violent or vandalising protesters.

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