About the Inquiry

Background

On 12 March 2015 the then Home Secretary established an Inquiry into undercover policing under the Inquiries Act 2005 and announced that Sir Christopher Pitchford would lead it.

On 16 July 2015 the Inquiry’s terms of reference were published.

The Chairman delivered his opening remarks on 28 July 2015.


Inquiry Team

Sir Christopher Pitchford – Chairman

David Barr QC – Lead Counsel to the Inquiry

Piers Doggart – Solicitor to the Inquiry

Dawn Eastmead – Secretary to the Inquiry


Ways of working

Management statement

The management statement was drawn up by the Home Office in consultation with the Undercover Policing Inquiry.  it purpose is to ensure that clear roles and responsibilities are in place to facilitate the running of the inquiry.  The full management statement can be found here

Data Protection Act 1998

This notice tells you what to expect when you voluntarily choose to give the Undercover Policing Inquiry personal information by email, by post, or over the telephone.

By choosing to do so you are consenting to the collection, retention and use of your personal information in accordance with this notice.

How we use your personal information

When you decide to contact us, the Inquiry team will record your details and any other information you give to us. We will use this information:

  • To respond to any query or question that you have raised; and/or
  • For the purpose of furthering the Inquiry’s investigations into undercover policing.

At the end of the Inquiry, and as required by law, our records, of which your details and personal information may form part, will be transferred to the National Archives.  The Inquiry have an information handling protocol that explains in detail how information shared with the inquiry will be handled, which can be found here.

 

Security

Appropriate steps will be taken to safeguard your personal information and to prevent any unauthorised access to it.

 

Diversity statement

The Undercover Policing Inquiry (“the Inquiry”) recognises and values people’s differences and will assist them to use their talents to reach their full potential. 2. The Inquiry will do all it can to ensure it recruits, trains and promotes people based on qualifications, experience and abilities for all roles within the organisation. A copy our statement can be found here.

 

Complaint procedure

If you are unhappy with the way you have been treated in your dealings with the Inquiry, You can make a complaint under the undercover policing inquiry complaints procedure which can be found here.

 


Media

The Inquiry recognises that the media and social media has an important role to play in reporting on its work. Coverage resulting from the Inquiry’s activities improves community understanding of the issues being examined.

The Inquiry is committed to being as transparent as possible and will release as much information about its work as possible, subject to legal or operational issues.  Once released the information will be hosted on our website, which we are in the process of redesigning to meet the needs of the Inquiry going forward.

If you have any questions about information or are having trouble finding a piece of information, please contact us via our email address info@ucpi.org.uk. Accredited journalists can also contact us via our press office press.queries@ucpi.org.uk

Significant updates and new information about the Inquiry are also posted on the Inquiry Twitter account @ucpinquiry. These tweets often also provide direct links to certain pieces of information or documents. The Inquiry monitors this account and takes notice of the comments made in respect of its tweets. However, the Inquiry Twitter account has been set up so the Inquiry can keep people informed. The account will not generally respond to tweets or like or retweet other tweets, follow other users. The Inquiry does welcome feedback about its work. The best way to engage with us is via the Inquiry email info@ucpi.org.uk


Reproduction of evidence

The Chairman has no objection to the material posted on the Inquiry’s website being reproduced.

If an issue arises in relation to copyright in any such material, it should be a matter for consideration by the legal adviser to the media (or otherwise) organisation wishing to use the material. When used, material should be credited to the Inquiry’s website so it is clear that it has been shown in open court as part of the Inquiry’s proceedings.

The credit is to read: “Inquiry into Undercover Policing – www.ucpi.org.uk

Interviews

The Chairman will not be giving any media interviews. 

Reporters wishing to interview anyone else in connection with the Inquiry must do so outside the precincts of the Royal Courts of Justice.


Frequently asked Questions

An updated list of frequently asked questions is available.


Legislation

the Inquiries Act 2005 can be found at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/12/contents

the Inquiry rules 2006 can be found at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/1838/made