POLICE Scotland’s commitment to football fans has “completely changed” according to the results of a new survey, police said.
Nearly 7,000 people interested in football and communities affected by the game responded to the survey, 95 percent of whom are active fans who regularly attend matches.
Scottish Police said the commitment to football fans has “changed completely”Credit: AFP or Licensor
Scottish Police said they conducted the study to get views “directly from fans and local communities” to help them better understand the role of officials at games.
The results were released on Tuesday in a 33-page report that showed that only 41 percent of respondents wanted Police Scotland to deal with them about football.
Most of these fans replied that they would prefer to get involved through their individual club.
The report also states that for those with Police Scotland-related football-related experience, this has mainly happened on match days.
“INCLUDE FURTHER SUPPORTERS”
It added, “This type of situation often does not provide an opportunity to discuss an issue in the way that a pre-scheduled meeting with supporters would allow for improvement in how we exercise our powers and explain our actions on game day.”
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said, “We recognize that engagement and communication with football fans is critical and I am delighted that so many football enthusiasts took part in the survey.
“Football is an important part of Scottish life, for communities and individuals, and can have a positive impact.
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“We commissioned the survey to collect opinions directly from fans and local communities so that they both fully understand the role of officers in games and understand what to expect from us.
“As a result, we’ve completely changed the way we communicate with fans and will continue to involve them and our communities in shaping the way we monitor football matches.
“It is extremely important that we continue to work with the clubs and match organizers to ensure that anyone who goes to a football match anywhere in Scotland can enjoy it in a safe environment.
He added, “We will build on the work already done and continue to build effective working relationships with football fans and our communities.”
Simon Barrow, Co-Founder of the Scottish Football Supporters Association, said, “This survey and the process it is part of is a significant step in communicating better with the football community as a whole on police and security issues.
“We will study the results with interest and look forward to further commitment, discussion and advice in the coming months.”
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