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Part of a series on the
Undercover
Policing Inquiry
N Officers list
Description: A list of N & HN cyphers used to designate individual officers in the Inquiry and by Operation Herne (Part 2)

Police officers cited in the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) are generally designated by a cypher / nominal starting with N or HN followed by a number. The practice of assigning these cyphers was begun in by the Metropolitan Police inquiry Operation Herne which investigated the activities of the Special Demonstration Squad undercovers. It was subsequently adopted by Mark Ellison for his Review and the UCPI, both of which draw heavily on the material assembled by Operation Herne. The system appears to have changed in 2017, when the 3 August 2017 rulings and direction of the new Inquiry Chair, John Mitting, began using the 'HN' label, though the associated numbers appear to be unchanged.[1]

  • Updated 3 August 2018

N series officers part 4 (>399)

Cypher Name Status Notes
N406 Barry McDowell Special Branch officer who moved to Racial and Violent Crime Task Force (CO24 / under John Grieve) and was appointed as a liaison between the two units 1998/1999 (Herne II, 21.1.6; Ellison, multiple pages).[2][3]
N506 unknown other From Risk Assessment of HN86: N506, a chartered occupational psychologist, was briefed by N86 about the SDS. She states hat she sometimes felt 'largely ignored', and came to the view that the SDS preferred to be independent, behaving as different ( or perhaps better) than the rest. [4]
N519 Marco Jacobs (alias) Cover name confirmed.[5] NPOIU UCO
N587 unknown Author of the SDS Annual Report in 1985 (Herne II, 18.1).[2]
HN593 to come SDS management / back-office. No restriction order application so real name to be published[6][7] No cover name. Deceased.[7]
N596 Rod Richardson (alias) Cover name Confirmed.[8] NPOIU UCO
HN608 to come SDS manager SDS manager in 1970s with rank of Det. Supt.; died 2017, leaving a widow in deteriorating health who is unaware of the Inquiry; the family is concerned of the impact of media intrusion upon her, of which Mitting wrote:[9]
Her daughter is understandably concerned about the impact of media intrusion upon her. Any attempt to make contact with her, to obtain information from her about her late husband, would besmirch the reputation of the media. I have full confidence that no such attempt will be made. There is a small possibility that disclosure of his real name will prompt information or evidence from former colleagues about his approach to the management of the Special Demonstration Squad. I do not wish to lose that possibility.

July 2018: 'Response on behalf of the applicant to the Chairman's Minded To decision to refuse to restrict the real name received. THe MPS have withdrawn their application for a real name restriction. Real name will be published.'[7]

Minded to (March 2018): refuse restriction order in respect of real name.[9]

11 January 2018, directions issued for any application for restriction orders to be submitted by 30 & 31 January 2018 for MPS and Designated Lawyers Team respectively.[10]

HN819 to come SDS back office staff / management SDS back office staff / manager.[11]

Minded-To: real name to be published (15 Jan 2018)[11] No application made to restrict the real name[12] so real name will be published. No cover name. Deceased.[7]

HN1251 Phil Saunders SDS back office / management No application for a restriction order made[13] Real name was to be published in due course, Mitting wrote in August 2017,[1] and it was revealed in January 2018 in the Risk Assessment of N348, as one of two officers who recruited her to SDS (with N294).[14] No cover name.[7]
HN1361 Same as HN86[15]
HN1668 to come SDS back office / management No application for a restriction order made so real name to be published in due course.[6] No cover name.[7]
HN2152 to come SDS back office / management No application for a restriction order made so real name to be published in due course.[6] No cover name.[7]
HN3093 to come SDS back office / management No application for a restriction order made so real name to be published in due course.[6] No cover name.[7]
HN3095 to come SDS back office / management No application for a restriction order made so real name to be published in due course.[6] No cover name.[7]
HN3378 to come SDS back office / management No application to restrict real name made.[16] Real name to be given 'when evidence relating to them is published before hearings'.[17] No cover name.[7]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Press Release: 'Minded to' note, ruling and directions in respect of anonymity applications relating to former officers of the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Public Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 3 August 2017 (accefssed 3 August 2017).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mick Creedon, Operation Herne: Report 2 - Allegations of Peter Francis, Metropolitan Police Service, March 2014.
  3. Mark Ellison, Possible corruption and the role of undercover policing in the Stephen Lawrence case, Stephen Lawrence Independent Review, Vol. 1, Gov.UK, March 2014.
  4. David Reid, N86 - Risk Assessment, Metropolitan Police Service, 13 June 2018, published 9 July 2018 via ucpi.org.uk.
  5. Update on anonymity applications - N519 (“Marco Jacobs”), Undercover Policing Public Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 10 November 2016 (accessed 5 August 2017).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Counsel to the Inquiry's Explanatory note to accompany the 'Minded-To' Note (2) in respect for restrictions over the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 14 November 2017 (accessed 15 November 2017).
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 Kate Wilkinson, Counsel to the Inquiry's Explanatory Note to accompany the Chairman's 'Minded To' Note 12 in respect of applications for restrictions over the real and cover name of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad - Update as at 30 July 2018, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 30 July 2018.
  8. No anonymity sought for undercover identity ‘Rod Richardson’, Undercover Policing Public Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 15 December 2016 (accessed 5 August 2017).
  9. 9.0 9.1 Sir John Mitting, In the matter of section 19(3) of the Inquiries Act 2005. Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and Special Demonstration Squad - 'Minded To' Note 5, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 7 March 2018 (accessed 10 March 2018).
  10. Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstrations Squad: Directions, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 11 January 2018 (accessed 11 January 2018).
  11. 11.0 11.1 Press notice - ‘Minded-to’ anonymity: Special Demonstration Squad Officers (HN13, HN296, HN304, HN339, HN340, HN354, HN356/124, HN61, HN819, HN109, HN9, HN66), Undercover Policing Inquiry, 15 January 2018 (accessed 15 January 2018).
  12. Sir John Mitting, Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad: 'Minded to' note 3, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 15 January 2018 (accessed 15 January 2018).
  13. John Mitting, In the matter of section 19(3) of the Inquiries Act 2005 Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstrations Squad ‘Minded to’ note, Undercover Policing Public Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 3 August 2017 (accessed 5 August 2017).
  14. Graham Walker, N348 - Risk Assessment, Metropolitan Police Service, 17 July 2017 (accessed 5 January 2018
  15. List of documents relating to SOS officers - published 09 July 2018, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 9 July 2018.
  16. Sir John Mitting, In the matter of section 19(3) of the Inquiries Act 2005. Applications for restriction orders in respect of the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and Special Demonstration Squad - 'Minded To' Note 4, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 25 January 2018 (accessed 25 January 2018).
  17. Press Notice: Decisions relating to anonymity applications: Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 25 January 2018 (accessed 25 January 2018).