The Raleigh Police Department is pegging its costs for the July 20 Wake County school board meeting at $14,000.
In a statement today, Police Chief Harry Dolan said the $14,000 figure represents the cost of bringing in additional officers to respond. He's not counting officers who were providing security as part of their regular duties at the meeting, in which 19 people were arrested.
The school system has estimated it paid $2,197 for off-duty armed police and private security at the meeting.
A large security presence is again expected for Tuesday's meeting.
In a new measure, the Raleigh Police Department has installed its own video camera in the board meeting room. Unlike the feed provided by the Raleigh Television Network, the police feed will stay on when the board recesses or is in closed session.
Here's Dolan's statement:
“The Raleigh Police Department incurred approximately $14,000 in additional personnel costs associated with providing additional public safety services at the July 20 meeting of the Wake County Board of Education. That estimate represents costs associated with the RPD personnel who worked the event in an extra-duty capacity and does not include personnel engaged in various aspects of the event’s security as part of their regular duty. The July 20 additional costs will be funded through the department’s limited special events management budget. It is important to note that if significant additional public safety costs continue to be required for school board meetings, additional funding sources will need to be identified.”