Indymedia: The not-so-secret ‘guide to policing protest’ Presenting the NETCU HANDBOOK!

Sometime during a busy day of policing the Camp For Climate Action, near Kingsnorth Power Station in Kent, an officer dropped a so-called ‘Pocket Legislation Guide on Policing Protest’. The document, issued by the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU), gives an overview of legislation the police can use to stifle all forms of legitimate protest. The document, which is supposedly not for public consumption, was subsequently posted on Indymedia UK by a camper attending the Climate Camp.

NETCU describe themselves as “promoting a coordinated response to domestic extremism by providing tactical advice to the police service, and information and guidance to industry and government.” According to NETCU Watch, an online initiative to monitor the service’s activities, the main purpose of their existence is to monitor protest groups, especially related to animal rights campaigns. A further concern is that the police seem to be supporting commerce (especially the vivisection industry) beyond their remit of upholding the law.

Newswire: Police drop top secret NETCU guide to policing protest – Part 1 | Police drop top secret NETCU guide to policing protest – Part 2 | Download full document (PDF)

Links: NETCU Watch | Liberty | Freedom Of Information Act