Police to charge for protection and crowd control at sporting events - KMOV.com

Police to charge for protection and crowd control at sporting events

(KMOV) -- For as long as anyone can remember, police officers have always been outside the stadiums and arenas directing and controlling traffic when there is a home game. The police department has traditionally absorbed the cost, but they are now looking to charge sports teams for police protection and crowd control.

The budget ax is swinging at all city departments, and the police are looking for ways to cut costs. Charging teams for police protection would save about $300,000 per year in overtime pay.

Other cities have already put this idea into play. Police Chief Dan Isom says he's already met with the sporting venues in the city, and they've all reached an agreement that will take place once the new fiscal year starts on July 1st.

It is expected that the police will remain visible during sporting events.

 

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