Price of policing for the Olympic torch relay event is revealed
THE operation to protect the Olympic torch in Cornwall and Devon cost the police more than £150,000, it has emerged.
The first legs of the 70-day national tour represented a huge logistical exercise for Devon and Cornwall Police, ensuring the torch's safe passage while dealing with the hundreds of thousands who lined the streets.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show the operation cost the force £154,989, mostly on overtime for officers (£92,128) and civilian staff (£15,888).
The final bill also included £16,435 for accommodation, £6,836 for catering, £5,934 for computer software maintenance and support and £1,957 in meal claims.
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Chief Superintendent Chris Singer, tactical commander for the relay operation, said: "From the outset it was clear that the eyes of the world would be focused on the event.
The event itself did not bear testimony to the months assessing before the torch set off. The fact that the relay went without a hitch bears testament to all those involved from start to finish, and anyone who attended the venues or watched on television will have been left with a positive image of the region."
A study carried out by the Cornwall Development Company showed almost 200,000 spectators saw the torch in 21 communities in the county. The event is estimated to have brought £3.77 million to the economy.