According to Lincolnshire Police only four fans have been arrested so far this season, significantly less than the 22 fans who were arrested in the 2014-15 football season.
Andy Pearson, football intelligence officer for Lincolnshire Police, said: “I think there’s two reasons for this change.
“One is Operation Hartford which was launched following the violence at the Lincoln City and Luton FC match a few years ago, and second is that less risk groups have been travelling to Lincoln to watch the games.”
Risk supporters are defined as a person, known or not, who can be regarded as posing a possible risk to public order or antisocial behaviour, whether planned or spontaneous, at or in connection with a football event.
Mr Pearson went on to explain how the police officers new approach to fans at football matches has also helped.
“The officers took a quite laid back approach, engaging with the fans and making sure they weren’t confrontational towards them.
“Obviously if there was a problem they would have stepped in.”