The study is designed to look at the issue of the cost recovery process for policing football, and gain an understanding of how this issue is being managed by police forces and football clubs in England and Wales.
The aim of the study is ‘to critically examine the Special Police Services (SPS) arrangements for policing football events in England and Wales in order to develop models of equitable best practice.Objectives:
To critically review current SPS policy for policing football events
To critically assess the suitability of current SPS practices, evaluating views from key police and football club practitioners that are engaged in the SPS process
To develop models of equitable best practice for SPS arrangements in England and Wales
Interviews with football club safety officers, dedicated football officers within the police service and organisations with an interest in football policing. So far 13 interviews have been conducted. These will be thematically analysed.FOI requests will be submitted to police forces in England & Wales to provide descriptive data on the costs of policing football as well as costs recovered from football clubs through SPS.