NCDE is the national lead on domestic extremism, on behalf of ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters (TAM), for the UK.
NCDE is made up of three units who work collaboratively to coordinate the police response to domestic extremism:
- Intelligence - NPOIU (National Public Order Intelligence Unit)
- Investigation - NDET (National Domestic Extremism Team)
- Prevention - NETCU (National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit)
It is important to note that the vast majority of protest in the UK is entirely lawful and peaceful, however, there has always been a small minority who are prepared to break the law and commit crime or disorder to further their cause.
While the police have a long tradition of supporting protest groups and facilitating lawful, peaceful protest, it is the criminal side of protest NCDE seek to support police forces in dealing with.
NCDE is staffed by officers and police staff from across the country, some of whom have been temporarily seconded from their home force. Its work is subject to the full range of legislation and scrutiny every police force has to comply with and all aspects of its intelligence gathering complies strictly with the requirements of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA); all of its work is carried out in support of police forces. Ultimately, it will be held to account in the courts and through the criminal justice system.