MPs Want Changes in Laws Governing Undercover Police Officers

After a report criticizing the behaviour of officers who had infiltrated protest groups over the last 40 years, came to light, MPs asked for tighter regulation of undercover officers.

According to the Commons Home Affairs Committee these undercover officers ruined the lives of women who had decided to live with them and have relationships with them. Another things MPs mentioned was the fact that the usage of the names of dead children to forge fake identities was a disrespectful practice.

It was announced that five women and one man are taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police because of their relationships with undercover officers. The committee also said that one undercover officer have most probably fathered a child with an activist before disappearing.

“It is unacceptable that a child should be brought into the world as a result of such a relationship and this must never be allowed to happen again,” the committee said.

In the words of the MPs, all families whose children’s names and identities were used had to receive full explanations and apologies.

“It is easy to see how officers infiltrating serious, organized criminal and terrorist gangs using the identities of real people could pose a significant risk to the living relatives of those people,” they said.

The report claims that the laws governing undercover police work need serious review.

The Association of Police Officers (Acpo) also supported the calls for a review of laws.

Head of crime, Merseyside Chief Constable Jon Murphy, said: “Used correctly, the tactic is lawful, ethical, necessary and proportionate. But it is also one of the most challenging areas of operational policing and can have considerable impact on public confidence.”

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