“joint working between the police and MI5 has become recognised as a beacon of good practice..”

As reported here, in his ‘unusual’ speech as the new head of MI5, Jonathan Evans, revealed that the new MI5 regional Headquarters in Northern Ireland will soon be officially opened by the Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward [no doubt the First and deputy First Ministers will be invited along too.. – Ed]. The full speech can be read here – and below the fold is the paragraph which includes the title quote.

On a different note, this autumn saw an important day for my Service. On the 10th October, we took on the lead responsibility from the Police Service of Northern Ireland for national security work there. And I am pleased to confirm today that our new Northern Ireland headquarters will soon be opened by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. This new building is a regional headquarters concerned with the broad spectrum of MI5’s work. So although we will continue to investigate national security threats to Northern Ireland from there, the capabilities will also provide us with greater capacity in our overall work across the UK. Our Northern Ireland headquarters is now an important part of my Service’s UK counter terrorism network.

There’s also an interesting paragraph later in the speech

More than ever before, we work on an integrated basis with our sister agencies, GCHQ and SIS, so that the particular skills of each agency are focused on the same threat. Their assistance and the intelligence they have provided to us have been invaluable to our operations, giving us coverage beyond our traditional strengths.

The same applies increasingly with the police. Speaking earlier this year, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said:

“the most important change in counter terrorism in the UK in recent years has been the development of the relationship between the police and the Security Service.. it is no exaggeration to say that joint working between the police and MI5 has become recognised as a beacon of good practice.”

It is the vision and leadership of senior police officers like DAC Clarke that gives me confidence that this relationship will continue to flourish.

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  • Cromwell

    National security agency in takes control of security in part of the nation shocker!!!

  • Pete Baker

    For those not paying attention.

    The transfer of responsibility for national security happened on 10th October – as noted here.

  • Cromwell

    National security agency in takes control of security on the 10th of October in part of the nation shocker!!!

  • joeCanuck

    Do we really need an intelligence agency?
    AAhh; yes we do.

  • Dec

    Maybe they could start off by investigating the UDA(it’s not officially the UDU yet, is it?) and it’s links to terrorism and the importation and distribution of drugs?

    Ha, only joking :]

  • “it is no exaggeration to say that joint working between the police and MI5 has become recognised as a beacon of good practice.”

    Was there any of this joint working on the day Jean Charles De Menezes was shot, I wonder?

  • lib2016

    In policing as in everything else our future lies with Europe. It will soon be time to do away with the East-West travel & policing arrangements in favour of continental links, maybe some kind of ‘corridor’ could be negotiated?

    Give them another 500 years and the Brits may get over their empire but at the moment they seem to be losing the run of themselves.

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Two words:

    Treaty Port.

  • harry

    and this is what Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Revoultionary party signed up to?????

    RUC PSNI GCHQ MI5 SIS. dont worry lads in South Armagh, by our brave membership of the policing boards we will teach them all manners.

    lol.

    sf useless sell out bastards

  • turning in their graves

    “Oh, don’t worry, we’re going to take power on both sides of the border and push unity that way…MI5 will have no role in policing…we’re getting an Irish Language Act…or speaking rights in the Dail…maybe a wee shop at the Long Kesh stadoim…”

    Feeble. What a waste and how easily bought were the SF leadership? Faul was surely right when he noted the Brits play a long game.

    But of course, this massive MI5 superfortress and the above statement of intent is merely part of the ‘process of disengagement’. Was ever a once feared and respected revolutionary army ever so effectively de-fanged and neutralised with not ONE of its core objectives achieved?!

  • Turgon

    turning in their graves,
    “Was ever a once feared and respected revolutionary army ever so effectively de-fanged and neutralised ”

    Whether or not you accept or understand it the answer is in your question.

    I do not agree that the IRA has been completely defanged and as I have noted before I suspect it will return. However, I agree it has been temporarily defanged and neutralised.

    The reason for this state of affairs is that whilst the IRA was feared it was “respected” in the sense of liked or supported by few people in Northern Ireland and fewer in the RoI. The continual demonstration by the actions of the IRA that whilst they did indeed need to be feared they were worthy of no respect or support gradually destroyed them. That and the continual quiet refusal by the vast majority of the people of this island of all political and religious positions to support their murderous evil. Just occassionally good does trimuph over evil; even if that triumph is only short lived and in my view we gave the IRA some victory out of the jaws of their defeat.

  • Damien Okado-Gough

    Someone suggested to me recently that it may be the British government’s intention to use this building to manage its disengagement from Ireland rather to to secure its presence there, i.e. that its focus will be Unionists, rather than Republicans. An interesting thought.

  • ulsterfan

    Damien O-G

    I have often thought this myself but if it is true they really are taking a sledge hammer to crack a small nut.
    They would not need 5% of this facility to keep an eye on Unionists and to know what is going on in loyalist paramilitaries.
    After all they tore apart the secrecy of IRA simply by eaves dropping but more importantly having agents in that organisation at very high levels.
    The defeat of militant loyalism would be easier by comparison.
    There may be some truth in what you say but this centre will be used to prevent terrorism on a wider front.

  • Since this is apparently the only thread still open about who Joanthan Evans really is, and what he has done, I am posting this link:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2814125.ece

    It shows that I was essentially right about who he is – i. e., he is also apparently known as William Perkins; never worked in N. I., especially with that liar ‘Kevin Fulton’; worked instead with MI5 ‘whistleblowers’ Annie Machon and David Shayler, making their get-toghter with ‘Martin Ingram’ almost two years ago look like one to coordinate all their testimony regarding the inquiries Cory recommended, etc.

    And one wonders if Evans attended Epsom College, like SIS director John Scarlett. If so, it must be a major recruiting group for spies.

    And would someone explain why almost all the most interesting threads ultimately get closed, as if that were all to be said about the subject?

  • John East Belfast

    Damian O – G

    “Someone suggested to me recently that it may be the British government’s intention to use this building to manage its disengagement from Ireland rather to to secure its presence there, i.e. that its focus will be Unionists, rather than Republicans. An interesting thought.”

    The only problem with such a scenario of course is in Holywood, North Down it isnt in a very friendly and secure location for such an activity !

    Although it will undoubtedly keep and eye on the local trouble makers of both sides the real purpose is a back up to the UK efforts on International terrorism.

    If a WMD bomb goes off in London the entire security of the nation will be directed from what would be a secure and relatively inaccessible location.

    What concerns me is that it could make Belfast a target if others start to think the same.

    It does mean that UK Govt don’t expect to be vacating here anytime soon