Police overtime estimated for St. Patrick’s Day events

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Preliminary figures indicate that Pittsburgh will pay $26,167 in overtime to city police officers who worked last Saturday at St. Patrick’s Day-related events.

Sonya Toler, spokeswoman for the police bureau, said Friday that final numbers will be available when the bureau finishes processing payroll information from last weekend.

She said about 45 officers were stationed along the parade route, about 28 worked in Market Square, about 16 on the North Side and 84 on the South Side. Some officers worked in multiple locations and thus might be counted twice in those figures, Ms. Toler said.

Ms. Toler said the city plans to charge the Market Square Business Association $7,614.44, the total cost for officers providing security in the square. City officials previously said that they would cover part of the cost for stationing officers there. Ms. Toler said Friday evening that had changed but she did not immediately know why.

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