(Read the minutes here: /thst-updates/thst-meeting-with-met-police-and-thfc-21st-october-2013.aspx )
A CIA is intended to look at the impact an action, situation or policy has on a local community, such as whether it is likely to increase violence and whether a particular group will be affected. They are used as a way of the Police improving their services to a local community and trying to prevent critical incidents from happening. THST therefore asked for a copy of the assessment to
be sent to us.
Following on from the meeting, in December 2013, we put in a Freedom of Information Request to the Metropolitan Police, again requesting a copy of the CIA, as we believed this could be central to proving how the local community
felt about Spurs fans’ use of ‘Yid’ and whether the information backed up the decision to prosecute (later dropped) three fans over using the word.
It took us until last week, long after the charges had been dropped, to obtain a copy of the CIA, which can be read here
Whilst there are portions of information redacted (as is allowed under the Freedom of Information Act), the information we can see, in particular the ratings, shows tension within the community to be normal. We believe there to be nothing in this assessment to back up a change of stance by the Police.
We have shared this assessment with both Bailey Nicholson Grayson, the firm of solicitors who were responsible for the defence of the three fans charged, and the Football Supporters’ Federation.