Preventing Crowd Disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour
The wider understanding of safety in relation to the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 and Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 has led to a review of working practices and procedures at sports grounds to ensure that there are plans in place to deal with issues raised by the wider understanding.
This guidance sets out the responsibilities and implications for dealing with crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour that could cause physical harm or injury. It addresses:
- The respective responsibilities (including the statement of intent with regard to primacy) of the ground management and police for dealing with matters of crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour that could cause physical harm
- The implications for sports grounds’ management, including the production of a written crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour plan
- The implications for those regulating safety at sports grounds
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What is the Statement of Intent?
If there is to be a police presence in or at the sports ground, management should discuss with the police the division of responsibilities and functions between the two parties; for example, whether particular tasks are to be undertaken by stewards or by police officers, and who will assume responsibility in particular circumstances. The outcome of these discussions should be recorded in a written and signed statement of intent.