Police pay thousands so staff can listen to music
Devon and Cornwall Police paid £26,790 last year so staff could listen to music in offices, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
The Performing Right Society collects the fees and pays royalties to artists.
Police do not need to pay if they listen to music as part of a criminal investigation, or for personal use through earphones, but do need to pay for music played in offices and recreational areas and when telephone calls are on hold.
Ministry of Defence Police did not pay anything for PRS licenses.
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After the Met, the three forces which paid the most were Thames Valley Police (£36,655), Devon and Cornwall Constabulary (£26,790), and Kent Police (£25,012).