Nick Herbert, the Policing Minister, is set to strip ACPO a private limited company of its undercover role following the Mark Kennedy affair.
I suspect that only a tiny proportion of the population realise that this private limited company has been setting policing policy in this country and is funded solely by the taxpayer, yet it is unaccountable to the taxpayer.
ACPO as a private limited company is not subject to Freedom of Information legislation because of ‘commercial confidentiality.
This organisation than ran Kennedy’s unit is under investigation by HM Inspector of Constabulary and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Any other private limited company that was subject to this level of criminal investigation, would be wound up in the public interest and the Directors and officers held accountable for their actions.
Sir Hugh Orde ACPO’s President states he supports a ‘transparent accountability frame work which provides public confidence’. Why on earth then was this company set up in the first place and so generously funded by the last Government. Why was a private Limited company running ‘black ops’ at the tax payers expense, and according to Kennedy his reports were being read by Blair and other senior Government members. Hugh Orde was in the last seven months opposing accountable police commissioners , how does that equate then ?
I welcome this long overdue development where the State is spying on its citizens in a disproportionate manner or indeed any manner
As a final aside I came across this story this morning, the Police station nearest the Tavistock 7/7 blast went on ‘lockdown’ as senior Police officers were worried they were going to be the next target. Vital communication equipment then failed and officers trying to get help to those injured were given direct orders to stay put.
This is the emergency services we are talking about, the emergency civil power, the frontline policemen and women and the public were let down by Police leadership that failed and just froze.
It is time to have ACPO stripped of funding, closed down and its records secured.