As a result of sensible caution, the price tag for policing big sports is flying off the charts. A real jaw-dropper was the $2 billion cost to protect the 2012 London Olympics, where a serious military presence was needed to guard against hostile Muslims in the city. Interestingly white Britons are now a minority in the capital city of England because of unwise immigration. So turning London into an armed camp was necessary to hold the formerly peaceful sports celebration.
Today’s money story from San Francisco is not even close to a complete accounting. The $3 million in cop overtime pay is one item in a list that also includes other city services at the local level. But the big costs come from the federal government to keep the event safe.
The FBI set up a command center near the football stadium in Santa Clara (45 miles from San Francisco) where around 20 different federal, state and local law enforcement agencies were centered. They included the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration which sent choppers over the area looking for any spikes in radiation indicating a dirty bomb. The Department of Homeland Security watched for signs of chemical or biological attacks present in the air, using high tech mechanical air sniffers located in downtown San Francisco and presumably elsewhere.
The whole event was scrutinized with state-of-the-art surveillance checking water, land and air for possible threats.
The Super Bowl was a preview of the post-privacy snooper state. Below is a video from the time, showing the massive technology brought to bear — a necessity when America continues to have open borders in a dangerous world.
The whole effort must have been very expensive, but we will never see the dollar cost of all this security. Government doesn’t want the bad guys to know what it’s doing, and doesn’t mind keep the little citizens in the dark either. We will only learn about the local costs, like the $3 million police OT, because it gets political when local taxpayers have to foot the bill.
But we all bear multi-billion-dollar costs of security because diversity with open borders doesn’t come cheap.
Here’s more about today’s story:
Nearly $3 Million Price Tag For Policing SF During Super Bowl 50, CBS San Francisco, By Phil Matier, March 28, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Hosting Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco came with a nearly $3 million price tag to keep police patrolling the streets of the city.
The city spent $7.6 million for police services in February of 2016, compared with $2.1 million for February 2015, and just $1.7 million for the same month in 2014, according to the controller’s office.
Take out the Chinese New Year Parade, and Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the price of policing the Super Bowl Host City crept up to about $2.9 million.
“We estimated to be about $1.7 million. It was increased by the fact that attendance was larger than we had expected. We had to close the village twice, and we did have more demonstrations than we anticipated,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said.
At the same time, the city also made an extra $5 million in hotel taxes, plus other taxes.
“We’re still assessing the revenue we hope to generate, and what the real costs are, but news like this does certainly concern me about what other cost overruns there might have been,” Supervisor Jane Kim said.