Each match the Tigers welcome tens of thousands of rugby fans to Welford Road Stadium and the Specials provide a police presence while mixing with the crowds before and after the game. They even encourage members of the public to #CopASelfie with them and post it on social media.
Policing the Tigers games provides a fantastic opportunity for Specials. They have the chance to engage with over 20,000 people, the majority being from Leicestershire, so it is a great way for them to meet people from the wide range of the county’s communities.
A number of Specials monitor the game from inside the control room which overlooks the entire rugby pitch and crowd.
The opportunity has led to further training courses being offered to Specials working the duty, including the Bronze Commanders course and a counter-terrorism course.
Since the Specials began policing the rugby games in September 2016, there has been one arrest and a number of ejections from the grounds.