Derby Match - 45/11
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 17/01/2011
Date of response: 25/01/2011
Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
Thank you for your email dated 17 January 2011 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.
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Under freedom of information i am just wondering how much it costs to police the match (Sunderland v Newcastle United match on Sunday 16 January 2011).
Do the clubs pay majority of the cost and if so what percentage
I also think the match was policed extremely well
We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.
The total cost of policing football is far wider than the Force is able to charge. It includes the costs of additional policing within the town centres, the deployment of specialist units such as the mounted section, dogs unit, intelligence and communications officers, senior officer time, management costs and overheads. These costs can vary greatly by match and the total costs are not recorded either by match or as a whole.
Northumbria Police charge for the policing of football clubs in accordance with the nationally agreed methodology. This allows for the force to claim reimbursement of expenditure for officers deployed within the ground and in the immediate vicinity. The charge is based on special duty rates which are agreed locally. The charge to Sunderland Football Club for this match will be calculated and invoiced in the next few weeks and so is not currently available.
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