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Occupy San Diego has cost Police Department $2.4 million

November 22, 2011 |  4:45 pm

The Occupy San Diego protest has cost the Police Department $2.4 million in overtime and regular salaries for police officers redeployed from their regular beats, the department announced Tuesday.

Included in the figure is $143,918 in overtime expenditures.  The remaining amount was the cost of redeploying on-duty personnel to provide protection and maintain order at the protest site behind and adjacent to City Hall, officials said.

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Police officers have been taken from nearly every beat in the city to provide 24-hour coverage . The average cost per day has been $56,876 since the protest began Oct. 7.

Costs for assistant chiefs and captains were not included in the calculation. Nor were the costs of the San Diego County sheriff's deputies who assisted San Diego police in the Oct. 28 and Nov. 16 sweeps.

Police have arrested more than 75 people since Oct. 7, most for failure to disperse.


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Photo: Police at the Occupy San Diego protest. Credit: Associated Press