South Yorkshire bobbies paid £1.1 million in overtime last season

Police on duty outside Bramall Lane
Police on duty outside Bramall Lane
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Police chiefs paid out almost £1.l million in overtime to bobbies policing football matches in South Yorkshire last season - up from around £900,000 the year before.

The force policed 145 matches and was left with an overtime bill of £1,009,490 compared to £872,004 on 135 matches the season before.

Police on duty outside Bramall Lane

Police on duty outside Bramall Lane

Bosses also spent £403,977 on officers drafted in from other forces under the ‘mutual aid’ system compared to £56,841 the year before.

Last season football clubs paid South Yorkshire Police £1,049,102 towards all the costs incurred on match days, leaving the force having to find £562,303.

The season before clubs paid the force £760,063, leaving a £321,786 deficit.

The figures were disclosed by South Yorkshire Police under the Freedom of Information Act.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “The levels of policing resources required to deliver a safe event at football grounds is agreed in partnership with the club and based on a thorough threat and risk assessment for each fixture.

“The charges levied on football clubs for this provision are set as part of national arrangements which allows the police to charge for police resources in an agreed ‘footprint’ around the grounds.”