Police paid more than coppers for their tunes
DEVON and Cornwall Police paid £26,790 last year so staff could listen to music in offices, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
The Performing Rights Society collects the fees and pays royalties to artists.
Police do not need to pay if they listen to music as part of a criminal investigation, or for personal use through earphones, but do for music played in offices and recreational areas and when phone calls are on hold.
The Ministry of Defence Police did not pay anything for PRS licences.
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After the Metropolitan Police, the three forces which paid the most were Thames Valley Police (£36,655), Devon and Cornwall Constabulary (£26,790), and Kent Police (£25,012).