With the resumption of the Championship football season almost upon us officers are reminding fans that the best and safest way to support their clubs is from home.
Derby County FC will take on Millwall in the capital this weekend before returning to Pride Park on June 27 for the first time in more than two months.
Following that game there will be three further matches at home for the Rams with Nottingham Forest FC on 4 July, Brentford FC on 11 July and finally Leeds United on 18 July – the final game of the season is due to take place on 22 July at Birmingham City.
All the games will be played behind closed doors with no fans being permitted entry to the ground along with extra security measures around the immediate area put in place by clubs.
At Pride Park there will be no parking available in the stadium on match day and fans will not be able to access areas around the ground or the players.
Huge amounts of work has been undertaken by the clubs and English Football League to keep players safe and allow for the final games of the season to be played.
The club and the force are united in one message to fans – support your club from home.
PC Roger Brown, Derbyshire Constabulary’s dedicated officer for Derby County FC, said: “It has been a long time since we had any football to enjoy and I can absolutely understand that some fans may wish to attend either Pride Park, or other gatherings, to remotely cheer the team on or even see old friends.
“The return of football is something to celebrate but it will also be bittersweet. We have all sadly lost friends and family from the DCFC fanbase - a community we support and engage with week-in, week -out, and our thoughts are with everyone that has lost loved ones to this virus.
“It is with those people in mind that I ask each every one of you to remain home and support your club.
“The club and the league have put in place stringent testing and safety procedures to ensure we are able to watch the team again – the very last thing we want is for that good work to be undone.
“So please - be proud, support the team but stay at home, stay alert, help control the spread and, most importantly, save lives.”
Superintendent Tracy Lewis, who is helping lead the force’s response to the resumption of football returning to the city, said: “I, like thousands of others across the country, have been waiting for the return of football.
“And while I would of course love to stand shoulder to shoulder with my fellow fans I know that right now that isn’t possible.
“Clubs around the country, together with the EFL, have worked extremely hard to bring football back for us in a way that will help limit the spread of the virus. The best way for fans to help tackle this virus is to stay home and watch on TV – and that’s what I’ll be doing.”
For more information about the work of the football unit then you can follow the on Twitter @DCFCPolice and by searching Derbyshire Police Football unit on Facebook.