ORGANISERS of community events will no longer have to pay for policing in Staffordshire.
Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said people already paid for policing through local and national taxing and should not have to pay twice for policing ‘genuine non-commercial community events’.
“These events are really important to local communities and the police are there to help them happen,” he said. “The last thing I want to see is for long-standing community events to face closure because of policing costs.
“Police officers want to be at the heart of their communities and I want officers to help make communities better places to live by supporting these events.”
Mr Ellis said under the new arrangements organisers will be expected to take the lead on things like parking and stewarding but would not have to worry about funding police costs.
He said charges for commercial events would remain unchanged.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said the charges in 2012 for policing community events had totalled £19,000.