Trump’s UK visit cost British taxpayers nearly £18m in extra police security

Thousands of officers were deployed across country after four-day trip sparked protests ( cost £18m )

The policing operation for Donald Trump’s UK visit cost an estimated £18m, it has emerged.

Most forces had to cancel officers’ rest days and extend the length of shifts as the US president’s four-day trip prompted tens of thousands of protesters to take to the streets.

Sara Thornton, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said Trump visited four force areas but there were protests in many others.

Trump's UK visit cost British taxpayers nearly £18m in extra police security

“Nearly every force supported the operation, with nearly 10,000 officers deployed from all over the country, performing over 26,000 shifts,” she said. “The full cost of the operation is still being worked out but an early estimate is nearly £18m.”

Thornton said the coincidence of the visit with the World Cup, hot weather, numerous events and festivals led to high demand on officers across the country.

She also said: “Nearly every force supported the operation with nearly 10,000 officers deployed from all over the country, performing over 26,000 shifts.

“The full cost of the operation is still being worked out but an early estimate is nearly £18m.”

Trump’s visit came at the height of a very hot summer, music festivals and during the World Cup, a time when the police were already stretched.

Ms Thornton said: “These demands affected local policing to differing degrees across the country with the host forces most impacted.”

She continued: “The majority of forces had to cancel officers’ rest days and extend the length of their shifts.

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