5 Mar 2018

The Inquiry is today publishing 29 documents comprising applications, risk assessments, impact statements and gisted medical reports in respect of 12 former Special Demonstration Squad officers.

In his statement on 22 January 2018 the Chairman confirmed that the Inquiry will continue to publish open documentation in relation to restriction orders he is minded to grant. The statement explained that what will be published is dependent on what order the Chairman is minded to make. The documents published today are for the anonymity applications to be heard on 21 March 2018.

NominalRestriction Order soughtChairman’s provisional decision‘Minded to’ Note
HN17Real and cover nameTo restrict the real and cover name14 November 2017
HN41Real and cover nameTo restrict the real and cover name25 January 2018
HN64Real and cover nameTo restrict the real and cover name14 November 2017
HN71Real and cover nameTo restrict the real and cover name25 January 2018
HN109Real and cover nameTo restrict the real and cover name15 January 2018
HN125Real and cover nameTo restrict the real and cover name25 January 2018
HN301Real name: (Cover name: “Bob Stubbs”)To restrict the real name14 November 2017
HN336Real name: (Cover name: “Dick Epps”)To restrict the real name14 November 2017
HN337Real and cover nameTo restrict the real and cover name14 November 2017
HN341Real and cover nameTo restrict the real and cover name14 November 2017
HN343Real name: (Cover name: “John Clinton”)To restrict the real name03 August 2017
HN347Real name: (Cover name: “Alex Sloan”)To restrict the real name14 November 2017

The Chairman has issued a direction alongside these documents. Written submissions on the decisions the Chairman is minded to make (as detailed above) are invited from core participants and the Media by 4pm on 15 March 2018.

Background

The purpose of the Undercover Policing Inquiry is to investigate and report on undercover police operations conducted by English and Welsh police forces in England and Wales since 1968. The Inquiry will examine the contribution undercover policing has made to tackling crime, how it was and is supervised and regulated, and its effect on individuals involved – both police officers and others who came into contact with them.
The work of the Inquiry ranges across the full scope of undercover policing work and will look at the work of the Special Demonstration Squad, the National Public Order Intelligence Unit and police forces in England and Wales. The Inquiry will also examine whether people may have been wrongly convicted in cases involving undercover police officers, and refer any such cases to a separate panel for consideration. The work of the Inquiry will fall into three modules:

  1. Module one will look at what happened in the deployment of undercover officers in the past, their conduct, and the impact of their activities on themselves and others.
  2. Module two will look at the management and oversight of undercover officers, including their selection, training, supervision and care after the end of an undercover deployment. This section will also look at the law and other rules covering undercover policing.
  3. Module three will make recommendations about how undercover policing should be conducted in future

NOTES TO EDITORS

  1. A list of the documents that will be considered at the hearing on 21 March 2018 can be found here.
  2. The Chairman’s direction is here.
  3. Decisions on key anonymity applications are taken in line with the 3 May 2016 Legal Principles and Approach Ruling.
  4. The Undercover Policing Inquiry is constituted under the Inquiries Act 2005.
  5. The Inquiry’s terms of reference were announced by the Home Secretary on 16 July 2015.
  6. The Inquiry’s frequently asked questions document provides more information on the Inquiry more generally, as do published update notes.
  7. The Inquiry’s website is www.ucpi.org.uk and the Inquiry can be found on Twitter @ucpinquiry

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