Police: Official Overtime Cost For Occupy Boston At $146K

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston police have released the first official numbers on just how much it’s costing to patrol the Occupy Boston protests.

In total, Boston police officers have logged a total of 3056 overtime hours since they began covering the protests on October 1.

The overall cost of that overtime has been put at $146,189.55.

Boston police’s official figure is much lower than the one suggested earlier in the week by City Council President Stephen Murphy.

Murphy said the department could spend as much as $2 million this month alone on security during the protests.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Murphy came up with the $2 million estimate.

Murphy did say police would continue to do their job regardless of cost.

Protesters have vowed to remain in Dewey Square possibly through December.

Boston police continue to patrol the area to ensure things stay civil.

  • Enough

    Oh my, if all these cops keep making all this overtime, doesn’t that mean they are earning too much money and should share it with others? Isn’t this what this group is protesting, those who make too much when they don’t?

  • A

    Big deal

    Isn’t that more or less the combined salary of two troopers spending the majority of their time at traffic cones on 93 ?

    At least these officers did something useful for their money

  • Italo

    I feel concerned that in one sense, this situation and article appear to make the story become about the fault of the matter having to do with police getting overtime. In this case, their presence was sincerely needed to control a gathering situation which spilled over into including trespassing and unruly behavior. How’s about this novel idea: have these occupiers buy long pants, shave, bathe, groom themselves, learn some social skills, and spend more of their time hitting the pavement and typing up resumes to get school-supporting or post-graduation jobs, and start channeling their protesting game plans in a more focused way that doesn’t involve nomadically touring and occupying one U.S. city to another, coast-to-coast?

  • Joan Hogan

    They Should also Protest Verizon.. Verizon has been contracting with overseas
    countries for work that could be done by the American People. I also think How
    concerned I am and others should be about Foreign Countries having Personal data
    of the American people thanks to VERIZON .

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