Liberty welcomes O'Connor protest policing report 

25 November 2009

Denis O'Connor, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, today published the second part of his report on public order policing tactics, saying that police should remember the founding principles of British policing but adapt methods to modern protests.

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, said:

"Denis O'Connor's report on public order policing may prove to be one of the most important interventions in the modern debate about this vital service. Chief Constables would be wise to heed his warning about holding firm to the original Peel principles of impartial policing with minimum intrusion and by consent.

"Whilst the recent public order policing experience has been mixed, with tragic consequences, Parliament needs to take its share of the responsibility. Legislators have sent officers dangerously conflicting signals and left the service more politicised and vulnerable as a result."