In November 2010 ACPO's NPOIU, their dodgy secret state surveillance and agent provocateur organisation, was dismantled by Cameron's government, with the tasks given to mainstream (and accountable) police forces and an Inquiry ordered to be undertaken by Her Majesty's Inspectorate into their conduct and probity. You may recall the police agent Mark Kennedy who went native when infiltrating a group of wind-farm enthusiasts who were branded 'subversives' by the secretive and private ACPO.
The HMI team investigating ACPO was led by Bernard Hogan-Howe, yesterday named as the new Met Commissioner. They were due to report in the Summer, but given the head-to-head between Hogan-Howe and Orde, ACPO's capo di capi, for the top Met job, publication has been understandably delayed. That report will now be released.
If HMI has made a decent fist of the investigation, they will have investigated the illegal hacking of phones belonging to alleged 'subversives' by ACPO; many suspect the NPOIU together with the NETCU and NDET were loose cannon, operating illegally and outside the law, protected by ACPO's private status from investigation. It is not unlikely that these ACPO bodies breached s.1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 by phone hacking without intercept warrants; if so, it opens the delicious possibility that Orde may now find himself 'helping with enquiries'.