Undercover policing review - Terms of reference

Published on: 8 July 2013

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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
counter terrorism.

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. The terms of reference for this review are set out in the document below.

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Undercover policing review terms of reference