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Paul Hogan is a police officer from Scotland who worked for the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) in London between January 2003 and July 2007, before returning to the Tayside Police in Scotland, and leaving the force in February 2015.

As NPOIU field officer, he coordinated the deployment of undercovers during the protest against the G8 in Heiligendamm, Berlin, in 2007 (this included the activities abroad of the known NPIOU officers Mark Kennedy and Marco Jacobs). Hogan also visited many EU member states to share his knowledge on the workings of animal rights activism and to set up protocols for the exchange of intelligence.

The profile of Hogan's career is exclusively based on his expansive LinkedIn profile, which was taken down a day after it started circulating on Twitter in April 2016 and sparked press attention. As such, this profile is a work in progress. If you have more detail please get in touch.

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The amount of detail in Hogan's LinkedIn profile was quite astonishing and breached the policy of Neither Confirm Nor Deny (NCND) policy that Scotland Yard adopted after the first undercover police officer, Mark Kennedy was exposed in late 2010/early 2011. Despite apologising to and settling the court case brought by eight women previously in long-term intimate relationships with undercover officers, the Metropolitan police has steadfastly clung onto this NCND policy.

Hogan's résumé was discovered just as the police were fighting to keep the Undercover Policing Public Inquiry behind closed doors (Chairman Judge Pitchford's ruling on this is expected 3rd May 2016) in a further effort to prevent disclosure of operational details and the undercover units' methods.[1]

Police career

  • August 2013 – February 2015 Detective Inspector - HOLMES Incident & Resource Manager Police Scotland - Tayside / Grampian / Highlands & Islands. With the conception of Police Scotland, HOLMES became part of the Specialist Crime Division. Hogan was one of two DI's appointed to pool HOLMES resources together and develop a corporate response across Scotland. Also Senior Investigating Officer within the Major Investigation Team for the North of Scotland.
  • November 2010 – August 2013 Police Inspector - Police Incident Officer / Critical Incident Manager - Tayside Police / Police Scotland. Managed a team of 60 officers ensuring an appropriate response to all calls across major urban and rural areas. Also Certified Spontaneous Firearms Incident Officer and trained negotiator.
  • January 2009 – November 2010 Detective Inspector - Crime & Intelligence Manager, Criminal Investigation Department Tayside Police, Police Scotland. Head of Crime Management,keeping track of crime records and investigations, statistics that informed decision making on future resources.[2]
  • July 2007 – January 2009 Police Sergeant - Team Supervisor, Tayside Police, Police Scotland. Led a team of up to 45 on a rotational shift basis, providing a visible policing presence within the City of Dundee. (Hogan: 'I inherited a team of individuals who were all performing well yet lacked team spirit and unified purpose.')

National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU)

  • January 2006 – July 2007 Detective Sergeant - Intelligence Manager / Field Officer Administrator, National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) 'Maintaining my previous responsibilities I operated at a strategic level developing opportunities to improve our covert capabilities and enhance our intelligence gathering.' Specific interest in Animal Rights, visiting conferences in Finland and other EU member states, developing information sharing protocols. (see below)
  • March 2005 – January 2006 Temporary Detective Inspector - Intelligence Gathering Manager NPOIU. National. 'Leading a team of 19 with a 1/4 million budget I controlled all the department's covert intelligence assets and ensured legislative compliance.' Set up collaboration between German authorities and the NPOIU in the run up to the G8 summit in Berlin. (see below)
  • September 2003 – March 2005 Detective Sergeant - Intelligence Manager / Field Officer Administrator, NPOIU, London. 'Coordinated the activities of five Field Officers who had liaison responsibilities across all Police Forces within the UK. Managed the collection, assessment and dissemination of Domestic Extremism intelligence received through covert operations.' Helped prepare intelligence gathering for the G8 Summit (Glenneagles, Scotland)
  • January 2003 – September 2003 Detective Constable - Intelligence Coordination / Field Officer NPOIU, London. Helped preparing 'any operational policing response to planned demonstrations where there was potential for extremist activity'...throughout the UK. Presentations to 'law enforcement bodies within the UK and interested commercial partners such as the pharmaceutical industry,often the victim of unwanted Animal Rights extremism.'

Early career

  • January 1999 – January 2003 Detective Constable - Intelligence Management, Tayside Police, Scotland. Was responsible for the acquisition and development of information / intelligence into matters which could have an impact on local and national public order. Was deploy in complex covert operations and exercises locally and throughout the UK. Trained as an Authorised Firearms Officer and completed the National Bodyguard Course.
  • August 1997 – December 1998 Detective Constable, Tayside Police, Scotland, Angus. Investigation into serious crime. Trained as a Crime Scene examiner; trained in the use of HOLMES.
  • November 1992 – July 1997 Police Constable, Tayside Police, Scotland, Dundee and Angus. Following attendance at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, performed uniform beat duties within both urban and rural areas.
Paul Hogan newly appointed at Alba Power Ltd.
  • September 1991 – November 1992 Fitter, GTC Gas Turbines, Dundee
  • April 1981 – September 1991 Artificer Apprentice through to CPO MEA(ML), Royal Navy. Enrolled as an Engineering Artificer Apprentice; served on a number of surface vessels; achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer Marine Engineering Artificer. Maintainance work, no intelligence related work given.

Post-police career

  • May 2015 – Present (Aprl 2016) Sales Engineer, Alba Power. Alba Power is the self-acclaimed 'leading global independent for the provision of dedicated support services' and is specialised in industrial turbines, controls and rotating equipment markets. The Alba Power website and Facebook page confirm his appointment.[3] [4]

Undercover policing

National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) (2003 - 2007)

Paul Hogan's first experience with intelligenc gathering was as a Detecitive Constable with Tayside Police in Scotland. He says he was working 'within a specialised department ... responsible for the acquisition and development of information / intelligence into matters which could have an impact on local and national public order.' He would 'deploy in complex covert operations and exercises locally and throughout the UK.'

After that, Hogan worked for the National Public Order Intelligence Unit (NPOIU) for four-and-half year, including as a senior manager within the unit. He describes it as 'a National Unit responsible for gathering, assessing and disseminating intelligence relating to Domestic Extremism, including Animal Rights, Left & Right Wing Extremists and Environmental Extremism'.

During this first secondment, he claimed to have worked with covert assets throughout the UK 'to assist with the planning, preparation and implementation of any operational policing response to planned demonstrations where there was potential for extremist activity'. One step up, promoted to 'Intelligence Manager / Field Officer Administrator', Hogan would then coordinate five Field Officers who had liaison responsibilities across all police forces within the UK. 'Managed the collection, assessment and dissemination of Domestic Extremism intelligence received through covert operations. Ensured through regular audit that appropriate legislation was adhered to for all covert assets.'

During this period, he also contributed to 'critical plans' for the G8 Summit in Gleneagles 'to ensure maximum intelligence dividend'.

Hogan reveals in great detail how in 2007 the NPIOU was invited to Germany to export its experience of spying on anti-G8 activists accrued at the 2005 Gleneagles summit in Scotland, to help colleagues there prepare the infiltration of similar protests in Heiligendamm.

This was the first of a meaningful collaboration between the NPOIU and the German authorities and contributed to their strategic planning leading up to the event in 2007.

Questions raised in the German Parliament confirmed that German undercovers came to Gleneagles for the G8 protests in 2005; and that British undercovers Mark Kennedy and Marco Jacobs were involved in the preparations leading up to Heiligendamm, and attended the demonstrations.[5][6] (Cooperation between German police and the British spy units stretches at least as far back as 1995, when undercover SDS officer Peter Francis was infiltrated into a Youth Against Racism in Europe group, which went on a summer camp to the Bavarian Forest (with his cover officer Bob Lambert travelling over as well.[7])

Undercover officers

The timeline below shows the undercover officers exposed so far on infiltration missions while Hogan served with the NPOIU January 2003 - July 2007. Timeline -spycops -NPOIU.JPG

Cooperation with Finland and other European countries, and with corporations

Hogan started spreading the word early on in his career, first in his capaciy in Intelligence Management with the Tayside Police, 'presentations to colleagues and key industry partners on the work of the department in order to develop intelligence sharing opportunities and maximise opportunities'. He continued to do so with the NPOIU:

As part of my remit I would provide presentations on the capabilities of the unit to a wide range of partner agencies and interested parties including all law enforcement bodies within the UK and interested commercial partners such as the pharmaceutical industry, often the victim of unwanted Animal Rights extremism.

Hogan also presented on behalf of NPOIU at a European conference on animal rights, which took place in Finland sometime between January 2006 and July 2007.[8] As Hogan notes, 'given our experience, UK police were considered to be significant leaders in combating this type of extremism', and he was subsequently invited to other European member states to develop information sharing protocols.

Criticism and controversy

Undercover work crossing the border

The remits of the Pitchford Inquiry into undercover policing are limited to operations by English and Welsh forces operating in England and Wales. For several reasons, Scottish MPs have been pushing for quite some time to have Scotland included in the Pitchford Inquiry, or to have a separate national investigation.[9] Not only is there a long list of exposed undercovers who have been active on Scottish soil. Hogan's work as an undercover specialist took place in Scotland and all over the UK. His own career path shows that there is considerable cooperation between the Scottish police and the undercover units.

Scottish police involved in overseeiing undercover officers

Hogan is only one of past and current Scottisch police chiefs who have been responsible for what the press north of the border calls the 'sex spy scandal'. The Sunday Herald revealed in March that Eleanor Mitchell, who was head of Police Scotland’s Professional Standards Department before retiring in 2016, was also linked to the NPOIU. Her biography states she was an expert in animal rights and environmental extremism who was seconded to the London force for six years until 2006. This makes the two Scottish officers Hogan and Mitchell colleagues in the NPIOU at management level between 2003 - 2006. Furthermore Phil Gormley, now Scotland’s Chief Constable was in the Met from 2003 to 2007. From 2005, he was head of Special Branch and was on the committee who oversaw the NPOIU and the Special Demonstration Squad.[10][11][12] Later, ACC Ronnie Liddle, was ACPO ACC for Counter Terrorism in the period December 2012 – February 2014. Based at the Metropolitan Police he was co-ordinator of 'UK Counter Terrorism functions and operations', part of which remit he had responsibility for National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Unit, the new name of the undercover unit.

Police associations and networking

Scottish Police Federation

in 2013, Hogan was founding member of Scottish Police Federation – North Area Committee [13]

PoliceWorld 57, 3, 2012 (IPA uk magazine). Paul Hogan (right), see other picture below.

International Police Association

Hogan was Treasurer and Publicity Officer of the Tayside Branch Committee of the International Police Association (IPA). The IPA is a networking group for police officers and former ones with members from all over the world, founded in the UK in 1950. Apart from the Golf Society, the IPA has a Caravan & Camping Group a Motercycle Group and Radio Clubs[14] Hogan joined in 2009; in 2012 Publicity Officers met up for the first time to share ideas of how to promote the International Police Association (IPA).[15][16][17]

Vice chair of the Tayside Branch is Ross Mitchell, who is also on the IPA golf team with Hogan.

PoliceWorld 57, 3, 2012 (IPA uk magazine). Paul Hogan in upper right corner. (see other picture above)

Police golf teams

Hogan is a member of the Tayside Police Golf team,[18] and of the IPA golf team.[19] Both teams have won many prizes.

Personal life

As personal interests, Hogan listed 'Keep fit, Travel and Golf' at his profile. The Facebook page of his current employer Alba Power mentioned Hogan playing a golf tournament in Turkey with a group of friends, some of whom from his time with the Tayside police, while sponsoring a good cause.[20]


  1. For more information on the issue of secrecy and disclosure in the Pitchford Inquiry, see the interview with Tamsin Allan, sollicitor at Bindmans representing activists spied upon, Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance, What's the Pitchford hearing about, 6 March 2016, (accessed April 2016)
  2. Detective Inspector Paul Hogan mentioned in STV, Man robbed 12-year-old with knife, 28 January 2010 (Accessed April 2016)
  3. Alba Power Ltd, Engineer Adds Strength to Sales, News, company website, 11 June 2015 (accessed April 2016)
  4. Alba Power Ltd, Facebook Timeline, 11 June 2015 (accessed April 2016)
  5. Matthias
  6. Helen Pidd and Paul Lewis, MP in Germany says Mark Kennedy 'trespassed' in Berlin activists' lives, the Guardian, 10 January 2011 (accessed April 2016)
  7. Rob Evans & Paul Lewis, Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police, Faber & Faber, 2013, p130-131
  8. Further information on this conference is welcome!
  9. Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance, Scottish Parliament Debates Spycops, Demands Answers, 13 January 2016 (accessed April 2016
  10. Billy Briggs, Revealed: Scots counter-terrorism chief worked for undercover Met squad now under investigation, Sunday Mail, 24 January 2016 (accessed April 2016)
  11. Paul Hutcheon, Police Scotland's 'standards chief' caught up in 'sex spy' unit row, Sunday Herald, 13 March 2016 (accessed April 2016)
  12. Undercover Research Group, New Scottish Ppolice Chief Phil Gormley linked to spycops scandal, Donal O'Driscol and Eveline Lubbers, 24 January 2016 (accessed April 2016)
  13. Scottish Police Federation, [Minutes of the inaugural meeting of the Scottish Police Federation – North Area Committee held at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness], 7-8 May 2013 (accessed April 2016)
  14. International Police Association, Tayside Branch, page last updated 2 July 2014 (accessed April 2016
  15. International Police Association,Welcoming new members to Section UK, News, IPA website, 21 September 2009 (accessed April 2016)
  16. International Police Association, Proof is in the pudding, News, IPA website, 24 October 2012 (accessed April 2016
  17. International Police Association, Tayside Branch, page last updated 2 July 2014 (accessed April 2016
  18. Others in the team are Colin Brough, David Scott, and Greg Irvine, source: Copperplate, [ The taming of 'Carnasty', Magazine of the Tayside Police, June 2011 (accessed April 2016
  19. International Police Association (IPA) 2 Region Northern Ireland Golf Society has been visiting Region Scotland to play golf for well over 30 years. As a result this annual event, first instigated by the Society secretary Stanley Hanna, has developed strong friendships between the two Regions over this period. In June 1979 Stanley was killed by terrorist action. As a memorial the Stanley Hanna Memorial Trophy was created to be contested by the two Regions. Dickie Simpson has competed for the trophy nearly every year as he has attended the last 27 consecutive years. The Stanley Hanna trophy was competed for at the Thornton Golf course in Fife and was won by Region Scotland. The winning team were Alex Brown, Andrew Girdwood, Ross Mitchell, Sharon Boath, Andrew Mather, Alan Harley, Paul Hogan and Jim Westwood. The Northern Ireland team were Tommy Hutton, Gary Canavan, Harry Walton, Mark Kernohan, John Templeton, Maurice Fleming, Bob Barr and Dickie Simpson. IPA, Stanley Hanna Cup, News, IPA website, 2013(accessed April 2016
  20. Alba Power, Facebook Timeline, 22 April 2016 (accessed April 2016)