Policy Directed surveillance and covert human intelligence sources policy

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12. Our responsibilities in using directed surveillance or CHIS

Management Responsibility

The day to day contact between the Council and the source is to be conducted by the handler, who will usually be an officer below the rank of the authorising officer.  No vulnerable person or young person under the age of 18 should be used as a source.

Security and Welfare

Account must be taken of the safety and welfare of the source.  The authorising officer prior to granting authorisation should ensure that an assessment is carried out to determine the risk to the source of any tasking and the likely consequences should the target know the role of the source.

Special Rules

The fullest consideration should be given in cases where, the subject of the surveillance might reasonably expect a high degree of privacy, for instance in his/her home, or where there are special sensitivities.