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UCL webinar: Legitimacy of undercover policing




The UCL Institute for Global City Policing and Canterbury Centre for Policing Research at Canterbury Christ Church University are pleased to announce the third event of their joint seminar online series on


Date: Wednesday 5 May 2021

Time: 1400-1600 BST

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This exciting series continues to explore what current scientific research and evidence have to say about policing in the UK.


In the UK, many policing activities are considered to be controversial. For example, there has been much recent public discourse about current policies, legitimacy and ethics of high-profile policing activities such as stop and search, live facial recognition and use of the London gang's matrix to surface risk and prevent crime. However, many other policing activities have received much less attention. These activities are equally controversial and, in a democratic society, should be part of the wider public conversation about policing in the UK. In this seminar, from both an academic and practical perspective, leading researchers in the field of undercover policing provide a critical reflection on this less obvious area of policing, discussing how it should become part of the public discourse and whether this method of intrusive policing is necessary and, if so, whether it can work within a legitimate ethical framework.


Our speakers for this event are:


Dr Christopher Nathan (University of Warwick) – “Liability to undercover policing”


Detective superintendent Raj Mahajan (City of London Police) – “The reality of modern undercover policing: legal, ethical and necessary


Professor Gary Marx (M.I.T) – “Undercover: Still a necessary evil”


This seminar is free and open to all. For registration and further details please click here.


After registering on Eventbrite, you will receive a confirmation email 24 hours before the event with information about joining the webinar.


We look forward to welcoming you at this event.



UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science


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