National Co-ordinator for Domestic Extremism
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The National Coordinator (for) Domestic Extremism (NCDE) is the head of the UK domestic extremism units. The post was created in 2004 following an upsurge in animal rights activity. It was placed under the Association of Chief Police Officers' Terrorism and Allied Matters committee and funded by the Home Office. The first NCDE was Assistant Chief Constable Anton Setchell.
By 2006 it had assumed control of the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) and the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit (NETCU). Through the NPOIU it had operational oversight of the placement of undercover officers such as Mark Kennedy, Lynn Watson and Marco Jacobs, into protest movements.
In 2011, following critical reports that the units had weak governance, the three units under the NCDE were merged and downsized (including being stripped of powers to run undercovers), with the National Domestic Extremism Unit (NDEU) being created from them. Control of them passed from APCO TAM to the Metropolitan Police Service as the lead force, though it continued to act on a national basis. It was subsequently renamed the National Domestic Extremism and Intelligence Unit (NDEDIU).
The head of the NDEDIU (previously the NDEU) continued to be referred to as the National Coordinator for Domestic Extremism, though the two subsequent holders of the post - Adrian Tudway and Chris Greany - each held the lesser rank of Detective Chief Superintendent. Since the promotion of Chris Greany in September 2014 the post has remained vacant.