The Security Games are almost upon us. This summer’s London Olympics sees the largest peacetime policing and security operation since 1945, with a budget that has soared to around £1 billion.

Between now and mid September, the Network for Police Monitoring (NetPol) and its member organisations are gathering evidence of the impact that this huge police, private security and military presence has on the right to freely protest and the right of communities who live near to Olympic events to go about their daily lives without interference.

Legal observers from NetPol members Green and Black Cross and Legal Defence Monitoring Group will be monitoring the policing of demonstrations and protests that take place over the next six weeks. In east London, NetPol member Newham Monitoring Project (NMP) is organising a pool of over 100 trained ‘community legal observers’ who will patrol in Stratford, Canning Town and the surrounding areas that are predominently poor, working class and the home of black and Asian communities. NMP is aiming to gather evidence of the misuse of sweeping police stop & search and dispersal powers, especially those targeting young people.

NetPol is coordinating the gathering of evidence of heavy-handed and oppressive policing throughout the Security Games and is acting as a point of media contact for its members. However, we also need the help of other organisations and individual activists to build up a comprehensive picture of what is happening on the ground. We are particularly keen for reports on:

  • The disproportionate misuse of stop and search powers
  • The use of dispersal and ciurfew powers.
  • Police surveillance, including police photography, filming and the gathering of intelligence.
  • The misuse of anti-social behaviour powers (section 50 Police Reform Act 2002) to demand people give  their name and address.
  • Incidents of pre-emptive arrests and draconian bail conditions.

If you have any information about incidents that take place – not only in London but around the country – please let us know. NetPol can be contacted at

Media contact: 07873 122 402

NetPol members include Aldermaston Women’s Peace Camp, The Campaign Against Criminalising Communities, Climate Camp Legal Team, FITwatch, Green & Black Cross, Legal Defence And Monitoring Group and Newham Monitoring Project.

Netpol is also on Twitter (@policemonitor) and Facebook.