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Meet the new 'domestic extremism' police chief

26th November 2010

Civil Liberty correspondent

 
Sacrifical van? Did cops abandon vehicle to attack by
Sacrifical van? Did cops abandon vehicle to attack by "domestic extremists"
 
Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Tudway has been appointed the new National Co-ordinator for Domestic Extremism in England and Wales replacing ACC Anton Setchell earlier this month.

DCS Tudway has been a police officer with the Metroplitan Police in London for twenty five years working in various departments including counter terrorism and organised crime. As a result, in May 2006, he travelled to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean to offer advice on the "fight against drugs."

See some pictures from his Seychelles trip.

The National Public Order Intelligence Unit, National Domestic Extremism team and National Extremism Tactical Co-ordination Unit employ about 100 people with a budget of 8.1 million. They are all soon to be integrated into the Met, which would explain DCS Tudway's appointment, in a cost cutting exercise thanks to the government's latest austerity measures. Intrusive surveillance tactics, including FIT camera units and even unmanned drones, have been used to identify people who have attended protests and demonstrations, most of them peaceful, in various parts of the country. The information gathered by such methods is later shared with police forces across the country.

One obvious question to ask is who decides what "extremism" actually is?

If it includes behaviour that is likely to result in violence then, on many occasions, the "extremist" behaviour of the police at recent protests and demonstrations is more likely to provoke violence and disorder than placate it.

Recently, a suspiciously abandoned police van at the most recent student protest in London prompted questions about the Met's real agenda when confronted with angry demonstrators.

Read more about "domestic extremism".

Read more about DCS Tudway's appointment at the relaunched "anti-police" Fitwatch blog.

 

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