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Billings police tally up cost to secure President Trump visit to $45,900

Posted at 3:01 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 15:02:08-04

BILLINGS- Those with the Billings Police Department say they’ve totaled up the costs from President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Billings.

In all the department said the cost to provide security for President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr cost the city roughly $82,000 in security costs.

In a released sent out Friday, the department notes the costs are coming from a security standpoint, the visit was resounding successes with no significant incidents to report.

They state, the motorcade movements between multiple venues, sometimes on the spur of the moment, were labor intensive and required a large number of officers.

The release also states there were more officer overtime costs endured because of Trump’s overnight stay. BPD was required to shut down two square blocks of downtown for approximately 20 hours.

Below is a breakdown from the Billings Police Department on how much money was spent on all of the Trump administration visits to Billings in recent months. This includes V.P. Pence’s visit as well as  Trump Jr.

Following is a close calculation of overtime costs based on the OT rate of a 10-year officer ($48.25) on a 22 step pay matrix.Description POTUS VPOTUS Trump Jr
Overtime Hours 827.36 555.5 89.75
Overtime Cost $39,900 $26,800 $4,300
Short Shift Hours 124 92 12
Short Shift Cost $5,983 $4,400 $580
Total Hours 951.36 647.50 107.75
Total Cost $45,900 $31,200 $5,000
Cumulative Total $82,100


The release also said, “We are proud of the department’s performance, not only for providing security, but for traffic management, crowd control, managing protesters, technical support, and logistical support.”

Story by Andrea Lutz – MTN News