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Police liaison officers at football: Challenging orthodoxy through communication and engagement

Hoggett, James; West, Owen

Authors

Owen West



Abstract

Abstract
This paper expands upon research on the use of Police Liaison Teams’ (PLTs) within public order policing operations surrounding football fixtures. Using a Participant Action Research approach, the paper reports on PLT use across multiple events and locations with different police forces, different personnel and fans and divergent command perspectives as well as comparative data from PLT and non - PLT events. It identifies how accountability dynamics associated with the classification and management of risk in the policing of football may explain the continued reliance on more coercive policing tactics, as well as a number of other barriers that hinder the development of PLT use at football. Despite this, the paper provides evidence that PLTs can offer similar benefits to the policing of football as they do to the policing of protest. In particular we argue that developing such approaches will make the policing of football more human rights complaint.
Key words: Police Liaison Teams, Public Order, Risk Classification, Human Rights, Football.

Citation

Hoggett, J., & West, O. (2018). Police liaison officers at football: Challenging orthodoxy through communication and engagement. Policing, https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pay032

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 4, 2018
Publication Date Jun 4, 2018
Deposit Date May 2, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 5, 2020
Journal Policing
Print ISSN 1752-4512
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pay032
Keywords police, football
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/868290
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pay032
Additional Information Additional Information : This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Policing following peer review. The version of record [Hoggett, J. and West, O. (2018) Police liaison officers at football: Challenging orthodoxy through communication and engagement. Policing. ISSN 1752-4512] is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/police/pay032

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