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Police Central Intelligence Unit

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are any plans to extend the police central intelligence unit established in London to other metropolitan areas; and if he will make a statement.

After the 1981 riots all police forces were invited to develop systems for monitoring rises in community tension which might forshadow serious public disorder. In London each district reports on a regular basis on the level of tension in the area. The central information unit collates these district reports for senior management in New Scotland yard to consider whether action is required to prevent tension escalating into riots. Similar arrangements for monitoring the potential for public disorder exist in most police forces.