We are demanding a full and open inquiry into what has happened in undercover policing over the last 50 years.
We are pleased that the Pitchford Inquiry has been set up to investigate undercover policing in England and Wales, but it does not go far enough.
English undercover police have spent extensive parts of their deployments taking part in political action outside England and Wales. This must be investigated.
There seems to a revolving door between undercover police units and private security firms. It is precisely because corporations are not part of the police that their role in undercover operations is so concerning, yet this is not currently part of any investigation. The activities of these firms, and their connections to undercover police must be fully and openly examined.
“(A) concern is the way in which officers are pulled out of their undercover roles and yet still able to use the characters created for them after they leave the police. The character of Mark Stone was set up using all the resources, training and back up of the Metropolitan Police and then, it is alleged, went on to be used for corporate profit. Mark Kennedy claimed to the Home Affairs Select Committee in February 2013 that he had been working for the company Global Open at the time that he was still part of our lives. What looks to us like a revolving door between the police and private companies needs to stop, and the inquiry must not ignore it. “ Kate Wilson & Lisa