Undercover Police Surveillance

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-03-20
Session date: 
March 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/0989
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Is it ever permissible for an undercover police officer to engage in an intimate personal relationship with a person under surveillance?

Answer

Answer for Undercover Police Surveillance

Answer for Undercover Police Surveillance

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 9 April 2013

Undercover operatives are authorised as 'covert human intelligence sources' by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and their activities are further limited by case law. This issue is the subject of legal action involving the MPS so I cannot comment further.