- July 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm #1047771Tank GirlParticipant
Under recent ACPO guidance (“Guidance on charging for police services” ACPO 2005) police forces around the country have been charging community events such as community arts and music events for the cost of policing.
Under the ACPO guidance any event with a few stalls, stewards and a stage / entertainment license can be charged for the cost of policing. We believe that community events fulfill a vital service in our society promoting community cohesion, encouraging community engagement and generally being a force for good in society, all of these are key national indicators of the department for culture media and sport (DCMS).
Community events are often organised by volunteers and the events run on a shoestring budget, they cannot afford the additional cost of policing. This is why we urge you to safeguard the future of community events by stopping the police charging them.
Please sign the petition:
:bounce_fl:bounce_fl:bounce_fl:bounce_flJuly 30, 2009 at 3:08 pm #1204157joshd96320Participant
definitely support this one ;OAugust 2, 2009 at 8:37 pm #1204151Anonymous
Dear Partyvibe Types,
Small festivals and community run arts and music events are under threat from the association of chief police officers (ACPO) and we need your help!!
Around the country police forces are beginning to implement the ACPO guidance on charging events, in practice this means that any event, even community run and charity events, with a few stewards, some stalls and a music license are now liable to be slapped with a HUGE bill for the policing costs. This is threatening the future of a large number of the small festivals we all know and love, these events are often run by volunteers on shoestring budgets and they simply can’t afford it.
We urge the government to defend the future of these events and stop these unfair charges.
Please sign the petition online at
and join the facebook group at
Strawberry Fair East Stage Production Manager & Campaign to Defend Community Events
PS. and if you think the police are running this protection racket because they are short of funds they clearly aren’t, cambridgeshire police spent £82,000 of taxpayers money on a self help guru… http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/cn_news_home/displayarticle.asp?id=434086
PPS. if you run an event and would like to join the long list of supporting events please email your contact details to email@example.comAugust 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm #1204156Tank GirlParticipantAugust 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm #1204153globalloonParticipant
just saw this and thought i’d post it upQuote:Under recent guidance from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) local police forces have been charging community arts and music events for the cost of policing.
Any community event with a stage / entertainment license , a few stalls and stewards is at risk from the police charging for their services. These events are often run by volunteers on shoestring budgets and cannot afford the charges. A number of events are under threat of closing / not happening in future years.
Community events promote community cohesion, encourage community engagement and are generally a force for good in society, these are all key national indicators for the department of culture media and sport (DCMS).
We urge the government / home office to stop the police charging these
events for policing costs.
Please sign the petition online at
Also please join the facebook group
And please forward this to all your mates
Campaign to defend community events
it’s this charge that could mean the end of Stawberry Fair
Strawberry Fair: Cleaner & Greener – Strawberry Fair, CambridgeAugust 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm #1204154sinner69Participant
this was posted yesterday….August 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm #1204152General LightingModerator
the other dude accidentally posted it with a duff link for the petition I couldn’t access so fair play to Globalloon for putting up a working link!August 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm #1204155sinner69Participant
Good, but we still have 3 threads about the same petition….someone tidy it up or pull them 2gether maybe?
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