Covert policing

Assisting offender debriefing

Sections 71 to 75 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (SOCPA) established a statutory framework for regulating agreements made with offenders who have offered to assist with the investigation or prosecution of offences committed by others.

The decision as to whether it is appropriate to offer a formal written agreement in any particular case is entirely that of the specified prosecutor.

If an offender is believed to fall within the remit of SOCPA provisions consultation should take place with the relevant police debrief unit.

Only a specified prosecutor can offer any agreement or undertaking and only those who are trained and accredited should assist with any agreement or undertaking.

Page last accessed 17 January 2022