Police Over Budget: Bike Race Security Cost $242,000 


The three-day collegiate bicycling championships in May cost city police $242,000 in overtime expenses, records show, contributing to a $1.1 million budget overrun the department projects for fiscal year 2014.

Intended as a test run for next year's UCI Road World Championships, the bike race was the most expensive event the department worked last year. It brought 400 athletes and required as many as 300 police and security officers, according to organizers.

The Police Department isn't expecting to be reimbursed by event organizers, says the department's general counsel, Victoria Pearson.

Tammy Hawley, the mayor's press secretary, says the city and race organizers have yet to determine whether the expense will count toward the city's commitment to provide $5.5 million in cash and in-kind services as part of its bid to bring the 2015 event to Richmond.

The other major contributor to the Police Department's budget overrun is overtime expenses connected with its Shockoe Bottom initiative. The program cost the city $232,000, according to the department.

Pearson says the program provides additional policing in the Shockoe Bottom area on Friday and Saturday nights "due to the large number of clubs and night life."

Other events for which the department provided overtime staffing but expects no reimbursement include the Anthem Richmond Marathon ($61,000), Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10-K ($35,000) and the Redskins training camp ($27,000).

The Police Department's budget for the fiscal year, which began July 2013, was $84 million.

Update: While the police department blames its budget overage on unreimbursed overtime costs for various events and provided Style a list of events and costs it said it was not reimbursed for, Sports Backers, which puts on the Anthem Richmond Marathon and the Monument Avenue 10-K, says it did pay reimburse the city and has the receipts to prove it. Style is looking into the discrepancy.

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