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Friday, 13 March 2015

Following interest on social media regarding the establishment of the national undercover scrutiny panel and its members we’re providing the following additional information

The national undercover scrutiny panel is one part of a set of changes to providing greater transparency and review of undercover policing.

The group includes academics, policing leaders, solicitors and representatives from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Crown Prosecution Service, Institute for Government, Society of Editors, and Police Action Centre.

Part of providing external scrutiny is to have representatives that bring a range of perspectives and to bring challenge and feedback. HMIC in its review of undercover policing called for more transparency in the approach and the establishment of this panel is one step towards that approach.

The group is made up of unpaid volunteers and is chaired by Chief Constable Alex Marshall. It first met in July 2014 to establish membership and terms of reference. It has had further meetings in October 2014 and February 2015. The role of the panel is to provide external feedback and support the review of the evidence base for policing practice and standards. Today we have published the approved minutes from the October meeting. Minutes from February will be approved at the panel’s next meeting.

Within the development of training, standards and accreditation, there is also an internal policing group, reviewing the operational approaches. The approval and implementation of undercover standards must go through the College’s Professional Committee and be agreed by Chief Constables Council for operational implementation.

The panel is expected to complete its review of undercover work by January 2016. The purpose of the statement yesterday was to provide a public statement about our work on undercover in light of the Government’s announcement of a public inquiry led by Lord Justice Pitchford who will consider the deployment of police officers in undercover roles by police forces in England and Wales.

Notes to Editors

As part of the transparency work, the College will soon publish a public facing guidance document on undercover policing.
Please find the terms of reference for the National Undercover Scrutiny Panel attached.

Members of the panel are unpaid volunteers and are not part of the formal Governance structures of the College of Policing.

The members of the group are:

1. Alex Marshall (Chair)      College of Policing
2. Stephen Otter   HMIC
3. Sophie Khan    Police Action Centre
4. Sue Mountstevens Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner
5. Richard Martin  Metropolitan Police
6. Christopher Nathan   University of Warwick
7. Jon Boutcher     Bedfordshire Police
8. David Tucker      College of Policing
9. Gordon Ryan     College of Policing
10. Kerry Robinson College of Policing
11. Rob Beckley       College of Policing
12. Joe McGuigan   HMRC
13. David Carrigan   Independent Advisory Group
14. Dr Chris Nathan Warwick Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group
15. Bob Satchwell    Society of Editors
16. Prof Ben Bowling   Dickson Poon School of Law
17. Peter Jukes   Media consultant
18. Tom Gash   Institute for Government
19. Chris Green   Merseyside Police
20. Mick Creedon    National Lead Organised Crime
21. John Dilworth    Crown Prosecution Services
22. Dr Bethan Lofthouse   Centre for Criminology
23. Shaun Sawyer   Devon and Cornwall Police

On 1 April 2015 this list of people/organisations was amended to read 'Police Action Centre' and not 'People Action Centre'. The attached minutes of the meeting are due to be amended to reflect the same.