EDL Demonstration (3368_15)

Request

Under the Freedom of Information Act, could I please request how much it cost to police the EDL demonstration in Walsall on August 15.

 

Could you also tell me how many police officers were deployed?

Response

Under the Freedom of Information Act, could I please request how much it cost to police the EDL demonstration in Walsall on August 15

 

The costs of the event has not yet been finalised as financial information is still being completed with invoices and overtime still being submitted.  The calculated cost for this event is currently £42,371.91

 

The costs do not include the cost of duty time staff posted to this event from other duties within the West Midlands.  This reduced cost is due to Police Officers having Rest Days cancelled for this event so effectively transferred to a duty time deployment.  The above figure for the operation relates to overtime incurred by police staff and police officers, briefing, feeding, printing, vehicle hire and any other miscellaneous costs incurred.  This cost is based on a presumption that all police officers posted to this operation would have incurred 2 hours overtime with a published shift being 10 hour for the event, but does not account for additional resources retained on duty due to specific roles, or for officers being released from duty prior to the overtime which would result in the claim not being made.  This figure also doesn’t account for officers that were previously posted to extended duties which would reduce overtime claims.  In order to calculate an exact figure at this time it would involve the review of all officers working patterns and changes to those patterns for this operation which would exceed the appropriate cost limit.

 

Could you also tell me how many police officers were deployed?

 

The numbers of Police Officers and Police Staff deployed on the EDL Protest in Walsall on the 15 August 2015 were 677.  This number includes not only officers deployed on the ground (which was 456 Police Officers) but includes the command and control functions required, criminal justice services (Custody Staff), logistics staff, intelligence officers, fleet services and vehicle technicians.  The break down between police officers and police staff equates to 41 Police Staff and 636 Police Officers.  Please note that not all police officers deployed were on the ground, as some were deployed in supporting roles to ensure the smooth running of the operation and others were held back in reserve roles.

 

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

 

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

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