Following revelations that undercover police officers infiltrated hundreds of political and justice campaigns in the UK, the government launched an Undercover Policing Inquiry in 2015. Three years later, to cries of ‘no justice, no peace’, dozens of spying victims marched out of the latest Inquiry hearing, denouncing the process and calling for the resignation of presiding judge John Mitting.
After Alex S Vitale's appearance at Conway Hall last week to launch his new book, The End of Policing, our Research Fellow Connor Woodman and Novara's Sam Swann discuss with Alex the role of police in society and ask what the alternatives might be.
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This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the unlawful killing of Christopher Alder in a police station in Hull.
His sister, Janet Alder, has spent the subsequent years campaigning to bring the circumstances of his death to light. She has, as a consequence, been the victim of police surveillance by Humberside police. It was only officially confirmed to Janet that she had been under surveillance after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) (now the Independent Office for Police Conduct) investigated the matter in 2013.
The system for monitoring police custody needs fundamental reform, writes John Kendall
This briefing explores the police response to serious questions about the rationale, legitimacy and conduct of their undercover operations in political groups and protest movements, and the progress of the public inquiry into this matter.
The police are building a near 'impenetrable wall of silence' around some of their most secret and harmful practices, according to a new report out today (Tuesday 24 October). The report shows that over six years on from revelations about police infiltration of political activist groups, and more than two years since the establishment of a public inquiry to investigate their activity, little more has come to light about undercover policing practices.
The public inquiry into undercover policing needs to listen to the voices of those who were spied on by the police, argues Raphael Schlembach
As David Lammy's recent report makes clear, the problem of racial bias in the criminal justice system starts with the police
The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies today welcomed news that police officer numbers in England and Wales were at their lowest level since 1985.
The news came in the latest police workforce report, released today by the Home Office, covering the twelve month period to 31 March 2017.