Policing Sports Events
- increasing investment from sport over the last two decades has led to considerable improvements in comfort and security for spectators and the local community
- developments such as all-seater stadia, increased CCTV and better-trained stewards have led to the overall cost of policing football falling from £40million to £30 million in recent years.
The holders of sports events are charged a fee determined by the Chief Police Officer. However, proposals to extend these charges to include the cost of policing outside events would be:
- Unfair. Sport’s net contribution to the Treasury is £5.5 billion every year. The ‘polluter pays’ principle does not apply here. Individuals attending sports events should also expect policing costs to be met from the taxes they pay.
- Unworkable. It would be extremely difficult to define what constitutes a sport-related incident outside of an event.
- Unaccountable. If clubs pay for police services outside of the ground, it would be reasonable for clubs to have a say over their deployment.
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