Survey on Police Scotland Football Engagement Strategy

Closed 29 Nov 2019

Opened 8 Oct 2019

Feedback Updated 20 Dec 2019

We Asked

Police Scotland asked how you want us to engage with you about football policing to help us to write a new engagement strategy which will make sure football supporters and our communities are involved in how Police Scotland works at football.

We asked for details of any experience of football-related engagement you have already had with Police Scotland, including what you thought we did well and what we did not do well, along with suggestions for improvement.

We asked if you wanted to hear from us about football policing and suggested some outcomes that could be worked towards.  For those who do want to hear from us, we asked for opinions on some suggested outcomes, what topics you would like us to engage with you about and how you want us to do this. 

Your opinions and suggestions will make sure that our football engagement strategy will be directed at meeting the needs of football supporters and the wider public as well as encouraging positive relationships between police and public at football. 

You Said

We received 6,817 responses from a mix of football supporters (95%) and non-football supporters (5%) and 57% of those who replied live or work in an area where football takes place. 

77% of people said they had not previously engaged with Police Scotland about football. Of those who have previously engaged, it is clear that many of your experiences have not been positive and this is something we will try to improve on in future.  

41% of football supporters said that they want Police Scotland to engage with them about football policing in the future. The most popular methods are:

  • for the engagement to be carried out via their club - 30%
  • using Police Scotland local social media accounts - 20%
  • passing on information from other sources such as traffic and travel information - 16%
  • face-to-face meetings - 15%    

We Did

6,817 responses were received by the deadline. 

We have carried out an initial review of the responses and at this stage we have been able to identify key themes.  However, we can see that many people have taken time to provide detailed and thoughtful opinions and suggestions and these will have to be looked at in more depth.   

We will upload an in-depth engagement report with insights from this survey in early 2020.

We are grateful to all who participated and thank you for taking the time to provide such a wide range of responses.


How do you want Police Scotland to engage with you about football policing? You can share your views as a football supporter or as a member of the public. 



Your feedback will contribute directly to a new football engagement strategy to make sure football supporters and communities are involved in how Police Scotland works at football. The insights from this survey will influence the way the police work. Our main objective is for all football policing operations to deliver safe and secure events.

We encourage anyone with an interest in football policing to freely express their feelings and opinions.

If you prefer to complete the Word version of the survey, you can find the document at the bottom of this page. Please email your completed document to:


How we will use the information

The information provided will allow Police Scotland to finalise its National Football Supporters’ Engagement Strategy which we are aiming to publish in early 2020.  This strategy will help us to make sure that the views of football supporters and our communities across Scotland are included in the decisions Police Scotland makes about football policing.  

All information you provide will be treated confidentially and will remain anonymous.

What Happens Next

Thank you for your interest in our survey. We are now considering the responses and will update this page in due course.


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