Peter Imbert

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Lord Peter Imbert is a former Met commissioner. He was Chairman of Capital Eye Ltd, a security consultancy now wholly owned by the Inkerman Group, for which he acts as a consultant. The Inkerman Group reportedly monitors protesters. [1]

Imbert was raised to the peerage as Baron Imbert, of New Romney in the County of Kent 1999. [2]

Monitoring protestors

According to the Guardian, a "restricted" report produced by the Inkerman Group in 2008 warned of a growing threat of "eco-terrorism". Under a section on "recent acts of eco-terrorism", the document listed various peaceful campaign groups, including the anti-aviation collective Plane Stupid.[3] Arguably it has been this elusive threat of "eco-terrorism", sometimes tainted with the conflation between "illegal" and "violent" protest, that serves to justify the need for both the domestic extremism units and the private security firms.[4]

Transferable skills and alliances: police and private security industry

Questions have been raised regarding the ethics of "former police officers cashing in on their surveillance skills for a host of companies that target protesters".[3] See the Powerbase overview of the revolving door between the private security industry and the police.

Register of Interests

Remunerated employment, office, profession

Affiliations

Notes

  1. Paul Lewis and Rob Evans, Green groups targeted polluters as corporate agents hid in their ranks, The Guardian 14 February 2011
  2. Lord Imbert, www.parliament.co.uk, 5 January 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Paul Lewis and Rob Evans Green groups targeted polluters as corporate agents hid in their ranks The Guardian, 14/02/11, accessed 14/02/11
  4. Matilda Gifford Why spy on peaceful protesters? The Guardian, 26/04/09, accessed 17/01/11
  5. Lord Imbert www.parliament.uk, accessed 23 April 2015
Imbert, Peter