Undercover police and Muslim charities

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5056
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What work is being done in London to ensure that Muslim charities and organisations can continue to carry out the necessary work they are doing without being the victims of police infiltration?

Answer

Answer for Undercover police and Muslim charities

Answer for Undercover police and Muslim charities

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Charities are a vital part of London's communities,

Charities are regulated by the Charity Commission and there are 165,000 registered charities in England and Wales. There is no separate strategy for dealing with Muslim charities.

Any covert activity taken in respect of individuals (including trustees and others associated with charities) must be authorised under the auspices of RIPA 2000. Any authority granted considers both proportionality and necessity and will have been scrutinised by senior officers (including ACPO level on review) prior to authorisation. Police generated activity under RIPA is also subject to independent inspection by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners.

The Police Service works closely with the Charity Commission to understand threats posed within the Charity sector and this shared intelligence picture will inform decisions on whether action should be taken and by whom.