RUC Special Branch South Region

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South Region was one of three Regional Divisions within RUC Special Branch in Northern Ireland.

According to the report of the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry, which covered the late 1990s:

During the entire period with which we were concerned the organisation of Special Branch (SB) reflected that of the rest of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). The three regions, Belfast, North and South, enjoyed a considerable degree of autonomy. Regional Heads at the rank of Chief Superintendent were based at each of the Regional Headquarters; in South Region this was housed at Mahon Road in Portadown. Although a number of SB officers operated from here, notably those within what was called the Source Unit, those attached to the Tasking Coordination Group (TCG) and those who carried out surveillance in the region, the remainder were based within police stations in the Sub-Divisions. It was within these units, based in Lurgan, Portadown and Craigavon police stations, that the intelligence reports to which we have referred in the Report were, for the most part, compiled and processed.[1]

Structure and Personnel

Regional Head of Special Branch South Region RHSB(S)


  1. The Rosemary Nelson Inquiry Report (PDF), Crown Copyright, 23 May 2001, p.137.
  2. Chris Thornton, The Hidden Camera, Belfast Telegraph, 10 April 2002.