Undercover policing review
In our June 2013 report A review of progress made against the recommendations in HMIC’s 2012 report on the national police units which provide intelligence on criminality associated with protest, we noted that:
As a result of the HMIC 2012 report, there is now much tighter governance of domestic
extremism undercover policing. But this is only a small part of police undercover
activity. Most undercover work is aimed at serious organised crime, major crime or
We therefore believe that further inspection work is necessary to examine all police
undercover work (including foundation undercover deployments). This would help
reassure ministers and the public that the tactic is being used in a lawful, proportionate
and ethical way.
In late June we received a formal commission from the Home Secretary.