UK riots cost Hertfordshire police £200,000
PUBLISHED: 15:05 20 September 2011 | UPDATED: 15:05 20 September 2011
POLICING during the UK riots cost Hertfordshire Constabulary an additional £200,000, it has been revealed.
A report on the county’s response to the trouble that engulfed areas of London and other parts of the UK last month was handed to Hertfordshire Police Authority on Friday.
The report, presented by the Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Andy Bliss, revealed that the force’s control room took 3,112 calls on August 9 alone, 1,000 more than usual.
An additional 432 duty days were utilised for public order support, with a further 336 days in support of the Metropolitan Police.
It also stated the additional cost of policing Hertfordshire was £200,000, mostly in overtime and payment for cancelled leave.
All support provided in London would be reimbursed.
To date, there have been 62 arrests in Hertfordshire, with 26 people charged.
Mr Bliss said CCTV had been used to identify offenders, while the public’s response to identifying people from images published by the media had been vital.
Commending the constabulary, authority chairman David Lloyd said: “The level of commitment and teamwork demonstrated by our officers, staff and volunteers during the disturbances was exceptional.”
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