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Know The Game Plan: Security initiative in place for 2018/19 season

Police and clubs give stewards information to help deter terrorism

10 August 2018

Football fans gearing up for the 2018/19 season are being reminded to 'Know The Game Plan’ and report any security concerns to stewards or staff.

Officers have been working with the English Football League and individual clubs to enhance measures designed to keep supporters safe, and to raise awareness of the threat from terrorism among club employees and supporters.

While there is no specific threat to football grounds, the project is part of a wider police plan to work more closely with different sectors such as retail, hospitality and entertainment to help protect the public.

 Other sports have been supporting the 'Know The Game Plan' initiative, while former England internationals Alan Shearer, David Seaman and Paul Parker took part in a police Twitter campaign during the recent World Cup.

National police coordinator for protective security, Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth says: "The chance of being caught up in a terrorist attack is low but we want the public to feel confident to come forward and report any concerns if they see something suspicious to matchday staff or police.

"Earlier this year Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu called upon every citizen to be a 'Counter Terror Citizen', and this is a continuation of that.

"Fans can all play a role in a successful security operation and the more clubs encourage supporters to do this, the more likely they are to act on their instincts and not worry they might be mistaken or wasting time.

"Most concerns will turn out to be nothing and that's absolutely fine. It's far better to say something than risk an important piece of information being missed. Our mantra is Action Counters Terrorism. If you see something, don't hesitate to ACT."

Bob Eastwood, Security and Operations Advisor for the EFL adds: "Getting supporters to think about security is just part of the work football has been doing in partnership with the police.

"Over the last 12 months we have held many events all over the country so counter terrorism officers and stadium security managers can share their knowledge and do all we can to stay a step ahead.

"The safety of all fans is football's number one priority and we all have a role to play in doing everything we can to keep each other safe - police, officials and supporters."

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