Is it possible to hold secret policing to account?

For decades, one of the most powerful organisations in our society, the London Metropolitan Police, carried out secret policing operations against a wide range of political and trade union...

Will McMahon
27 October 2017

'Wall of silence’ threatens Undercover Policing Inquiry

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.

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 report...

24 October 2017

The undercover policing of political protest

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
Helen Mills
24 October 2017

Can the truth outweigh secrecy?

I have campaigned for decades against the brutality, malpractices and racism, both institutional and overt that exist within the Metropolitan Police.  Yet, I am continually alarmed that both the...

Stafford Scott
8 November 2017

Subversion, sabotage, and spying: Political policing and state racism in the UK

Over the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2016, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies co-sponsored the 'Subversion, sabotage, and spying: Political policing and state racism in the UK' conference in London, alongside The Monitoring Group, Tottenham Rights, and Imran Khan and Partners. 

The conference focused on two main themes:


Videos of police spying conference now available

Over the weekend of 16 and 17 April 2016, the Centre's co-sponsored conference 'Subversion, sabotage, and spying: Political policing and state racism in the UK' took place.

Video footage from the entire conference can now be viewed ...

19 May 2016

Baroness Lawrence slams Met chief over police secrecy

An impressive line up of speakers including politicians, activists and academics discussed the role and impact of undercover policing and the surveillance of protest groups and 'suspect communities' at our conference this weekend, organised in collaboration with The Monitoring Group.


18 April 2016

Inquiry into police spying begins

Lord Justice Pitchford today opened the public inquiry into police spying on justice campaigners and political activists between 1968 and 2010, BBC News reports. 

Theresa May ordered the inquiry after it was...

28 July 2015