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Police approach to gathering data on political protest

Police approach to gathering data on political protest

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  • Monitoring police data gathering Fitwatch
  • Why do police gather data
    • Evidence
    • Intelligence
      • CO11 (Public Order Unit)
      • ACPO extremism units (NPOIU, NETCU)
      • Special Branch units / Regional intelligence units.
    • Databases
      • Criminal Intelligence
      • Public Order
      • ANPR
      • Stop and search
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  • Why do police gather data Fitwatch
  • Who do police gather data on?
    • ‘ Known’ groups and individuals
    • Associates of ‘known’ individuals
    • Groups and individuals ‘of a type’ suspected of being involved in criminality
    • Regular attendees at political protest
    • ‘ Two strands’ of intelligence
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  • How is data gathered? Fitwatch
  • CCTV
    • 7341 CCTV in the UK directly linked to police control centres
    • Can set up mobile CCTV on cherry pickers or mobile vans, broadcasting images to control centre in real time.
    • May even use drones
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  • Cherry Picker Climate Camp Fitwatch
  • Police Drone Fitwatch
  • Photography Fitwatch
  • Photography
    • Can be intrusive and intimidating
    • Can involve following targets for sustained periods
    • Occurs before, during and after demonstrations
    • Police have used coercion and/or force
    • People have a right not to co-operate
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  • Forward Intelligence Teams
    • Gather intelligence on individuals and groups involved in political protest.
    • Record movements, associations, ‘cluster groups’, speech, clothing, appearance etc
    • ‘ Spot’ for individuals.
    • Produce detailed audio and/or written notes, later collated into a Crimint report.
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  • Forward Intelligence Teams
    • Used to be instantly recognisable from wearing blue ‘bibs’ on yellow jackets
    • Look for
      • Standing in twos ‘keeping an eye’
      • Use of audio recording/making detailed notes
      • Lone or paired officers from different regions
      • Contact with CO11 officers (CO prefix)
      • Following individuals or small groups
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  • Stop and Search
    • Used to gather personal data (name, address and photograph) of protesters
    • Used as a ‘condition of entry’ eg Kingsnorth, or after containment in a police pen as a ‘condition of exit’ eg Gaza.
    • Collected data held on a stop and search database
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  • ANPR
    • Automatic Number Plate Reader
    • Capable of flagging up protester vehicles approaching site
    • Police have collected a database of protester vehicle registration numbers
    • Known to have been used as ‘disruption’ tactic
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  • What should police monitors record?
    • CCTV – use, type
    • FIT / CO11 - actions, numbers / photos
    • Police cameras - actions, numbers / photos
    • ANPR - collection of reg numbers
    • Stop and Search – data collection
    • Any other ‘disruption’ or intelligence gathering tactic.
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