PCC response to the Freedom of Information Act release regarding Huddersfield Town vs. Hull City (2 July 2013)

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson's response to the Freedom of Information Act release regarding the policing arrangement for the Huddersfield Town vs. Hull City fixture from March of this year.

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson said: "The publication, under the Freedom of Information Act, of emails between senior officers regarding the policing arrangements of the Huddersfield Town against Hull City fixture from March of this year has raised a number of issues for me.

"Prior to the fixture I received a number of complaints from Hull City and Huddersfield Town supporters and their representatives following travel and other restrictions placed upon them as part of revised policing arrangements for a later kick-off.

"The publication of emails in relation to the matter now casts doubt on the rationale behind some of those decisions. With that in mind I have asked the Chief Constable Mark Gilmore, who was not in post at the time, to conduct a rigorous review of the policing arrangements put in place for the fixture and to address the concerns raised.

 "To maintain the confidence of the public they serve, police forces must be able to clearly and justly support the decisions they make.  It is with that commitment in mind that I have requested a thorough examination of the policing arrangements for the fixture.

"If this review finds the Force failed to adequately consider the implications of decisions made at the time, I will seek reassurance from the Chief Constable that appropriate action to put matters right are taken, and ensure that lessons are learnt for the future. "

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