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2017/18 Football Policing Costs


Could you please provide details of how much it cost Thames Valley Police to police every Bristol City and Bristol Rovers home game in the 2017/18 season, and how much the force charged the clubs as a result.

I would like the information broken down by match please.

Clarification received

On the 24th May you clarified that you were referring to the cost to Avon and Somerset Police.


The overall amount spent by the Force for policing each football match is not centrally recorded. Although there is a football budget code, there are other support activities that are required to run the events efficiently and safely and these costs sit in the wider organisation. Therefore the income from each football club for each match has been provided (this is how this information is recorded).

The charges are based on our attendance at those football matches where our risk assessment determines that a certain policing presence is required. The Constabulary recovers the costs of policing football within the footprint of the stadium from the host club. The level of policing is dependent on the risk of crime and disorder occurring. A match is awarded a category and the club remunerates the Constabulary at a fixed fee for each category. Therefore there are a number of matches on the spreadsheet where due to the risk level there was no charge for a specific police presence.  

Please see our response in the attached spreadsheet.

FOI reference: 708/18.

Date of request: 24.05.18.

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    Last updated: 19 July 2018