EXTRA police will be patrolling in towns and city centres in Tyne and Wear on Sunday as football fans get together to watch the Capital One Cup final.
Pubs across Sunderland and throughout the region are screening the Wembley final as Sunderland take on Manchester City in a massive day for North East football.
Officers say they are expecting large numbers of football fans coming out to enjoy the game with family and friends.
Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: “We work closely with licensees across the force to make sure premises are a safe environment for people to enjoy themselves. Police officers regularly visit busier bars to help support staff in managing their licensed premises responsibly and to reassure customers.
“We want to get the message across that we want people to enjoy watching what is a great sporting event for the north east, while behaving responsibly.
“But we also want to remind them police will intervene should the need arise and revellers should be aware that if their behaviour oversteps what is considered acceptable, then they may well find themselves being dealt with for their actions.
“In many cases the mood suddenly shifts when too much alcohol has been consumed and what had been a happy encounter can swiftly change to unpleasant and, if left unchecked, can result in violence.
“We’re asking people to think about their behaviour, the affect it can have on others and the potential consequences for both themselves and others.
“We want our cities and town centres to be a safe place for all and to celebrate what is a fantastic achievement for Sunderland football club.”
Chief Insp Neill said officers will be carrying out patrols in the busier areas around licensed premises and visiting pubs.
He said police are also work closely with Pubwatch Schemes which can ban trouble-makers from visiting any pubs in the scheme.
Anyone who has concerns about crime or disorder where they live should contact their local neighbourhood policing team on 101, ext 69191.