Remember the student protests back in December at Belfast City Hall ? Freedom of Information Requests revealed the following.
What was the total cost for policing the student protest?
The total cost of policing the student protest was £18,077
Could I also find out the cost of bringing in extra police officers to help with the operation?
The cost for deploying additional officers was £5,225.
The cost of any overtime paid out to officers due to the length of the protest?
The overtime cost was £8,797.
How many members of the PSNI were in attendance?
The PSNI refused to give the answer and instead said this:
Disclosing the number of officers deployed for this situation could compromise the policing of future
protests. Those intent on causing harm or disruption could use operational information to their
advantage. This could weaken the methods and tactics used by the police and hinder the law
enforcement role of the Police.
Divulging this information could assist those intent on unlawful activities, increasing the risk to
individuals, members of the public and officers.
Transparency and accountability - NOT!