Statement of Intent

If there is to be a police presence in or at a 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.

Is the Statement of Intent a request for police services?

No. The Statement of Intent is a management statement not a legal document. It does not constitute a conscious or implied request for police services.

What happens if there is a dispute between the ground management and the police over payment?

Non payment of a bill for the provision of police services should be treated in the same way as any other non payment of a debt. This which include instituting proceedings for the recovery of monies owed.