The National Police Chiefs’ Council have said that the US President’s four day trip to the UK cost almost £18m
The police used thousands of officers, over four force areas, to ensure his safety during his visit. This show of force was the biggest mobilisation since 2011, when London, and other cities, faced large scale rioting.
NPCC chair Sara Thornton 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.
“Despite the challenges, the hard work of officers and staff made sure that the public were kept safe throughout.”