Britain's biggest police force spent more than £35,000 (€42,000) on 110,000 calls to the speaking clock over the last two years, figures have shown.
The London Metropolitan Police also spent more than £200,000 (€240,000) calling directory inquiries, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed.
A police spokesman said: "There are clearly evidential and operational reasons for officers and staff requiring the exact time and contact details."
The Met spent a total of £16,879 (€20,271) calling the speaking clock in 2010-11. At 31p per call, that means they made almost 55,000 calls. (© Independent News Service)