Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Police policy body stays out of child photo row
"The body in charge of coordinating national police policy has chosen to stay out of a row between photographers and Surrey Police in Guildford last month.
Meanwhile, ACPO says its rules have not changed and has released them to AP for clarification purposes:
There are no powers prohibiting the taking of photographs, film or digital images in a public place. Therefore, members of the public and press should not be prevented from doing so.
We need to cooperate with the media and amateur photographers. They play a vital role as their images help us identify criminals.
We must acknowledge that citizen journalism is a feature of modern life and police officers are now photographed and filmed more than ever.
Unnecessarily restricting photography, whether for the casual tourist or professional is unacceptable and it undermines public confidence in the police service.
Once an image has been recorded the police have no power to delete it without a court order; this does not however restrict an officer's power to seize items where they believe they contain evidence of criminal activity.'"
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