When completing our inspections into law enforcement’s use of surveillance:

  • we receive briefings on new equipment and techniques;
  • we review how officers and staff are trained;
  • we interview a range of individuals, including operational staff and authorising officers;
  • we challenge the rationale for operations undertaken to ensure the most proportionate techniques are used, focusing on intelligence handling to ensure that all relevant material is appropriately safeguarded and destroyed; and
  • we test whether staff properly understand the requirements in law to retain records that track the use of technical equipment used to carry out covert activity.

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