Football Policing – Football Collective Member Introduction by Mike Hope

By Mike Hope /

I have recently joined The Football Collective and would like to introduce myself and my research interest. My name is Mike Hope and I am a police officer with over twenty years service. I am also currently studying for an MSc Criminology at Plymouth University. I have a wide range of operational experience but my main professional interest is in football policing. Since 2004 I have worked as a football “spotter” within a Football Intelligence Unit and been deployed at several hundred matches, predominantly in The Championship and Leagues One and Two, in many Forces across England and Wales. I have experience of dealing with incidents of football-related disorder and a good level of knowledge of the behaviour of ‘risk’ supporters, having developed professional working relationships with them over a number of years. I am also a Public Order Commander with experience of the tactics used to police football crowds.

I am planning to complete my dissertation on football policing and joining The Collective will enable me to learn from the knowledge and experience of others as I seek to develop my understanding of the issues from an academic viewpoint. Being a member will also allow me to broaden my perspective by engaging with others who have different opinions and experiences of how football is policed.

I hope that my practical experience will allow me to contribute positively to debate within the group with my aim being to improve the policing of football matches and reduce incidents of disorder. If I can be of assistance to anyone please contact me on email:     

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