Mobile Constables, Detectives and Football Spotters

  • Megan O’Neill


This chapter will continue from the same basis and follow the same structure of Chapter 3. But while that chapter was concerned with interaction between uniformed police constables and supporters, this chapter will discuss supporter interaction with the next two key police groups at football: Mobile Support Units (MSUs) and the plain clothes detectives or football spotters. I will be discussing these two police groups together as they both focus their work on the football hooligans and rely on each other for support during the football match day. However, their approach to these fans differs dramatically, as this chapter will discuss.


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