Too many police on duty at football?

An EFL funded research project -  termed “Enable” -  carried out observations at five matches last season and reached three key findings:

  • the risks of violence were generally lower than the police had expected,
  • too many officers were on duty and
  • too few talked to supporters.

David Conn looks at the research in more depth and considers whether a more progressive approach to policing football matches would be appropriate.

The EFL's announcement of the project: