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What We Do

Football spotters play an important role in policing matches across the country. A football spotter has two main roles:

  • To provide a football policing operation with live and relevant information. They will also give intelligence on supporter groups
  • To act as a link between the police and a club’s supporter community

During an operation, a spotter communicates information and intelligence associated with supporter groups to colleagues.

To do this, the spotter must get a detailed knowledge of a club’s supporters, and will develop and maintain links with them.

They build relationships between officers and supporters to develop trust and confidence. This increases opportunities for better information and intelligence, which helps to reduce the risk of disorder.