Latest news from the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) - April 2014 update

Latest news from Netpol

April 2014

Help us map out police tactics targeting the movement against fracking

Netpol believes the growing opposition around the country to fracking  and other extreme energy extraction methods represents the biggest test of public order policing in 2014. We therefore want to map out a nationwide picture of the policing of local opposition, including the number and type of arrests, different charges brought, commonly-occuring complaints of excessive or violent conduct by officers and emerging police tactics in support of extreme energy companies.

If you can help, please get in contact.

Support Netpol’s legal challenge of secret police databases

Netpol is asking for support for a judicial review aimed at the Home Secretary and Metropolitan Police Commissioner over the legality of their policies governing secret police databases. We need activists to make a Subject Access Request (SAR) under data protection legislation, to discover if a record is held on them and if there are inaccuracies or trivial information in any data that the police hold. Find out more here.

Don't Feed the Feds

At the end of March, Netpol launched a video guide to police intelligence gathering targeted at protesters, with information on your rights to refuse to provide your name and address. If you haven't seen the guide already, it is available on Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube.

Funding secured for Community Legal Observers project

In March, we received confirmation of a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to work with local groups in London and two other key cities in England and Wales to recruit, train and oversee the implementation of successful and sustainable Community Legal Observer (CLO) projects. Legal observers are now a regular part of protests and demonstrations but using trained volunteers to monitor the police at a local level has proven successful in Leicester and in east London during the 2012 Olympics.

We will have further details on this exciting project on our website soon and in our next newsletter.

Submission on covert human surveillance

Last month, we made a submission to the Home Office on proposals to update the covert human intelligence sources code of practice and the covert surveillance code of practice. Find out more here.

Other News and Comment


The Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) seeks to monitor public order, protest and street policing that is excessive, discriminatory or threatens civil rights. We are a network of activists, campaigners, lawyers and researchers sharing knowledge, experience and expertise to effectively challenge policing tactics and strategies that are damaging to the freedoms of all sections of our society.
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