Peter Fredericks (alias)

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Part of a series on
undercover police officers
'HN345'
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Alias: Peter Fredericks
Deployment: 1971 for 6 months
Unit:
Targets:
Black Power movement, Operation Omega, Young Haganah

Peter Fredericks is the cover name used by a former undercover officer with the Special Demonstration Squad who was not deployed against any one specific group but reported back on an number, including the Black Power movement, Operation Omega and Young Haganah for six months in 1971.[1]

For the purposes of the Undercover Policing Inquiry and Operation Herne, they are also referred to by the cipher HN345 (for the N cipher system see N officers). The Inquiry has ruled that the officer's real name will be restricted.[2]

As an SDS undercover

Deployment ceased when his probationary period in Special Branch was terminated. "There is a difference between his recollection of the reason for termination and that recorded in his personnel file. He left the Metropolitan Police Service soon after." No known allegation of misconduct.[3]

In the Undercover Policing Inquiry

  • 3 August 2017: previously thought to be deceased but since discovered to be alive. Inquiry grants police an extension until 1 September 2017 to submit any anonymity applications.[4][5][6]
  • 24 October 2017: Metropolitan Police make application to restrict real name only.[7]
  • 14 November 201&: Inquiry Chair, John Mitting indicates he is 'minded to' restrict HN345's real name but that the cover name will be published. The Chair wrote:[3]
Since leaving the Metropolitan Police Service, he has worked in a variety of jobs and is still working. Publication of his real name would risk impairing his current source of income. It would also serve no useful purpose. It would involve some interference with his right to respect for private life under Article 8... in the right to disclose his true identity for purposes of his choosing and to withhold disclosure for other purposes. Although the interference would not be great, it would be disproportionate to any end which it would serve, principally to permit the Inquiry to fulfil its terms of reference. Accordingly, it would not be justified under Article 8(2).
  • 8 April 2018: cover name and target groups published.[1]
  • 15 May 2018: Ruling - real name to be restricted, with Mitting stating 'Neither of the two reasons for the termination of his deployment have any bearing on the decision' to restrict the real name.[8]

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Email to core participants, '20180410 UCPI to all CPs publishing HN339 HN345', Undercover Public Inquiry, 8 April 2018, referencing update of the webpage UCPI.org.uk/cover-names.
  2. 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 names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Public Inquiry, 13 September 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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 2, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 14 November 2017 (accessed 15 November 2017).
  4. David Barr & Kate Wilkinson, Counsel to the Inquiry's explanatory note to accompany the 'Minded to' note in respect of applications for restrictions over the real and cover names of officers of the Special Operations Squad and the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 3 August 2017.
  5. Press Release: 'Minded to' note, ruling and directions in respect of anonymity applications relating to former officers of the Special Demonstration Squad, Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 3 August 2017.
  6. 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 Inquiry (UCPI.org.uk), 3 August 2017.
  7. Open application for a restriction order (anonymity) re: HN345, Metropolitan Police Service, 24 October 2018, published 8 May 2018 via ucpi.org.uk.
  8. 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: Ruling, Undercover Policing Inquiry, 15 May 2018.