Policing the Police, Vol. 2

By Duncan Campbell, Martin Kettle, Joanna Rollo, Peter Hain

Year: 1980 Pub: John Calder


Computer technology and surveillance, the highly controversial Special Patrol Group and the increasing tendency of the police to take decisions with wide-ranging political consequences independently of the elected government of the day. These are the three vital areas of modern policing discussed in this second volume. Drawing on publicly available information, Duncan Campbell up an alarming picture of the extent to which police records have been computerized, the nature of the sometimes highly speculative information recorded, the way in which postal or driving licence codes, for example, can be used to key into data-information banks of a more dubious nature and the extent to which this transformation has been effected with a minimum of explanation or public discussion.


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Duncan's excerpt was also featured in the New Statesman [Link]