Helen Street Police Station.
The Chair of the Govan Fair Association opened the meeting with fulsome praise for the Police: for the way they handled the event, for their contribution to the preparation and for the journey we’ve been on together.
What went well
From the Govan Fair Association point of view
It’s been a great partnership. We’ve learned a lot and there is a solid foundation to build on for the future.
Police co-operation with Govan Fair was second to none
Hassle with gangs now a thing of the past
The partnership between the Police and the Community wardens went very well. No one body can do it themselves.
Huge resources put in from the Police – hard to measure in monetary terms but very much appreciated
Feedback from Showman’s Guild – excellent – they couldn’t believe it was Govan
Police visiting the area at night – worked very well – nothing happening
The story of the little boy who was lost was cited as a good example of working together. The Police made us aware of who to look out for, we announced if from the bandstand and within half an hour, we were able to make a second announcement that all was well and the boy had been reunited with his family.
What went well
From the Police point of view:
The security in the park was great
The security team pointed out problems – made us aware of anyone who might potentially cause trouble (either because they were drunk or for any other reason) p
The Community Wardens were a good idea
Scottish government loved the wardens idea too when we shared it with them.
We have set an example – an exemplar for communities in the future
We are used to this kind of thing. Policing at Ibrox during a football match is similar. It’s mostly stewards who deal with the smaller things and Police are only brought in for the big issues
In terms of disorder: there was nothing relating directly to the parade
Minor disorders at Summerton Road and the Firestation but nothing around the parade
Skirmish at Firestation was jumped on very quickly
For the amount of people who came out – it was a resounding success
We put a lot of time into building our relationships – the Govan Fair Association and the Police
That paid off
We were amazed with the number of people in the streets.
Public turn out estimate 5k to 10k
The people of Govan came out in support and behaved impeccably.
Things that could have been even better
In the future, there needs to be more correspondence with our community wardens
Guidelines for where the community responsibilities begin and end and vice verca would be useful – maybe a written briefing.
Agreed: The Police will help with this
The parade supposed to be going into the park as planned and changing direction at the last minute was discussed as an example of what can go wrong when the community wardens are not thoroughly briefed
The Police were expecting that to happen (everyone WANTS the procession to end in the park) the streets are not a place for children.
The confusion at the end was blamed on the police by the community reps
However, the confusion was NOTHING to do with the police. That was our responsibility.
We will ensure the parade will end up in the park next year and we will ensure EVERYONE knows the route exactly
Every warden needs to be given an “operational order”
The police prepare operational orders as a matter of course.
The police will support the wardens in the preparation of those orders for next year
Freddie will get training from the police and he will cascade that training out to the wardens and the events management team
What we need is more Police based at Govan are dedicated to Govan: not just brought in on the night of the parade
Utopian thinking though
Days of cops being in the one place at the one time are long gone
We should know what shift is going to be there on the day next year, and will do well in advance
However, there’s never enough of them – we have to draft in cops from everywhere for a big event like that
We can request that more Govan Police are dedicated to the Fair but as a matter of course, that would need to be a decision made by Police Scotland at the highest levels.
Agreed: There are pros and cons to the deployment of Police to different locations, However, for a community event like this, there is a big loss in terms of local knowledge and weel kent faces in the crowd.
Well done to ALL
The Fair is going to grow in future years
We need to link in as early as possible
Always competing demands so the earlier the better.
Well that’s us actually started NOW for NEXT YEAR
Oh Aye The Govan Fair!