NETCU, WECTU and NPOIU: Britain’s Secretive Police Force (PDF report)

Version 1, April 2009. Produced by the Free Range electrohippie Project

The role of NETCU, WECTU and NPOIU –

The National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit,
The Welsh Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit, and
The National Public Order Intelligence Unit
– all parts of a private organisation (ACPO) that is exercising public functions in relation to policing policy
– can be seen from two extreme points of view:
groups working on policy and in a policing support role to protect the public; or,
under the guise of countering “extremism”, developing policies to crack down on campaigning groups in a way that could be seen as the kernel of what could eventually become a truly “secret” police force.
This report examines what NETCU, WECTU and NPOIU are, and poses the question as to whether private organisations working unaccountably outside of the mainstream police service are compatible with the operation of a free, open and accountable society.q02-

Download here (PDF)


2 Responses

  1. Only the first letter “D” is hyperlinked to the .pdf file in the “Download here (PDF)” link

    Is there an equivalent ACPO private company police unit for Scotland ?

    Our Response // Thanks for that, it should be sorted now… As for the ACPO Scotland I will ask the author of the document and get back to you.

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