Police to receive £60 million to support COVID-19 response

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Since the start of the pandemic, officers across the country have played a crucial role in helping to stop the spread of the virus, by enforcing the COVID-19 regulations to protect the public, while continuing with investigations and keeping our streets safe.

£58 million of the money announced today will be made available to help pay for costs incurred by police due to the pandemic, including overtime and making police stations COVID-secure.

It brings the total amount of funding available to forces since the start of the pandemic to nearly £200 million.

From Monday, some forces will also assist with further increased presence and enforcement of regulations at airports and ports, to ensure travellers are complying with the new border health measures.

Additional officers will be deployed at airports and ports to support the enforcement of these regulations, including checking the reason for passengers’ journeys and helping ensure compliance of arrivals from red list countries who will be part of the mandatory quarantine scheme announced by the government this week.

Forces involved in these efforts will receive a share of £2 million to help cover costs of this additional activity to the end of March.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

Our police officers have worked tirelessly to keep the country’s streets safe while enforcing the coronavirus regulations to protect the NHS and save lives.

The public also have a vital part to play – this includes not travelling unless essential, which is why police will also be stepping up checks at airports.

We are committed to supporting them as they continue this crucial activity and are providing specific funding for coronavirus costs.

The overall funding, which covers the financial year 2020/2021, will allow forces to maintain and, where necessary, increase capacity to continue enforcement of the regulations.

Individual force shares of the £58 million are specified below. Shares of the £2 million for enforcement at airports and ports will be confirmed in due course.

Police and Crime Commissioner Share of £58m COVID pressures funding *
Avon and Somerset £1,326,708
Bedfordshire £522,938
Cambridgeshire £598,870
Cheshire £872,752
City of London £427,377
Cleveland £695,616
Cumbria £489,099
Derbyshire £820,053
Devon & Cornwall £1,362,320
Dorset £481,094
Durham £654,448
Dyfed-Powys £410,812
Essex £1,303,724
Gloucestershire £442,930
Greater Manchester £3,351,512
Gwent £595,539
Hampshire £1,504,455
Hertfordshire £885,198
Humberside £934,902
Kent £1,420,097
Lancashire £1,476,186
Leicestershire £862,448
Lincolnshire £482,406
Merseyside £1,932,899
Greater London Authority £13,235,442
Norfolk £648,869
North Wales £597,545
North Yorkshire £564,508
Northamptonshire £553,233
Northumbria £1,786,587
Nottinghamshire £1,035,441
South Wales £1,311,316
South Yorkshire £1,462,646
Staffordshire £874,193
Suffolk £522,350
Surrey £750,644
Sussex £1,246,268
Thames Valley £1,766,982
Warwickshire £398,068
West Mercia £901,402
West Midlands £3,541,162
West Yorkshire £2,471,156
Wiltshire £477,804
Total £58,000,000 **

*Funding split according to funding formula shares
**Figures may not total £58m due to rounding

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