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06-29-2016, 03:21 PM
Undercover policing has become controversial in the UK, after the behaviour of several undercover officers thirty years ago was revealed, partly by women who became pregnant and two, if not more officers in effect "coming out". A criminal inquiry is underway and a public inquiry is due to start.

A BBC News report:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36655666

IIRC the UK Policing thread has some posts:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=21459

Undercover policing as a tactic maybe found in the HUMINT thread:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=3088

Today the College of Policing has - to the surprise of some critics - published this 80 pg. document on what should now happen:
A number of covert tactics are available to law enforcement to prevent and detect crime or disorder and maintain public safety. Undercover is one of them. Applied correctly and supported by appropriate training,undercover is a proportionate, lawful and ethical tactic which is effective in obtaining evidence and intelligence.Link:http://www.college.police.uk/News/College-news/Documents/Undercover_policing_guidance-for_consultation.pdf

02-07-2018, 08:56 PM
A report by the (supposedly) independent inspectorate of policing and the fire service. I note it was published in November 2017, but has only today come to notice via Twitter. A mass of bureaucratic points, it should supplement the document in the first post.

A commentary:
The report focuses on the use of Scottish undercover policing in tackling serious crimes. A total of 423 undercover operations of this nature have been undertaken since 2000 in Scotland. As an examination of the policing of serious criminal behaviour, the report is certainly interesting, but it fails to deal with the central issue that it was set up to investigate: the widespread use of undercover policing in political campaigns. Although the report is adamant no Scottish police officers engaged in any kind of infiltration activity, it concedes that undercover English officers spent periods of time north of the border. Indeed, the SDS deployed 11 officers over a decade in Scotland – mainly around the G8 summit (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4595439.stm) in 2005 when world leaders including George W Bush and Tony Blair gathered at Gleneagles.
The report claims that during that event they operated with “the full knowledge” of Tayside Police. But the lack of detail and openness in the report has not satisfied campaigners for a full Scottish public inquiry.

03-24-2019, 11:30 AM
An almost entertaining and sad at the same time BBC commentary on the long running inquiry into undercover policing by two specialist teams based in London, who operated across the UK.

What is remarkable is that some many documents have been retained and identified. MY recollection is that most police records are retained for seven years, with exceptions for murder etc.