LONG BEACH - Occupy Long Beach protesters have cost taxpayers at least $40,000 in extra police resources, Police Chief Jim McDonnell said, but those expenses are limited to security at a Nov. 22 meeting of the City Council.
McDonnell declined to reveal a breakdown of officers deployed, citing operational restrictions.
"You're basically showing your cards to those that would expose it," said McDonnell.
Police provide security for regular council meetings, which are typically held every Tuesday but the last one each month.
Extra officers were in attendance last Tuesday to watch over protesters who had gathered to lobby council members to allow them to set up tents in Lincoln Park.
McDonnell said those officers were paid with overtime.
The Occupy Long Beach movement is in its 39th day today.
Demonstrators have settled into a routine of peacefully assembling in the park before moving onto the sidewalk after 10 p.m. to rest. City code forbids sleeping in parks overnight.
Day-to-day police monitoring of protesters is conducted with on-duty officers, McDonnell said.
But he added that while officers are focused on duties in Lincoln Park, there is an additional resource "cost" involved if those officers are needed elsewhere.
The fiscal demands made by Long Beach's offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement is small compared with the more high-profile demonstrations in other cities.
In New York City, police overtime connected with the protests is estimated at
$6 million. Oakland, where police have aggressively cracked down on protests in public spaces, has spent
$1 million on overtime.
Los Angeles, where city officials have expressed concerns over damage to parks by protesters, has spent $120,000 on additional policing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.