Review of undercover policing outlines its scope
Police Scotland's procedures and safeguards around covert policing will be examined by review
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The review of undercover policing in Scotland will focus on the extent and scale of undercover operations since 2000, it has been announced.
The scope of the inquiry, revealed today, will also include examining what operations, procedures and safeguards are in place by Police Scotland in relation to undercover policing.
The review was established following calls for Scotland to included in Pitchford
The Scottish review will cover the period since the introduction of both Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000 and the UK Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, and be led by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland Derek Penman.
"Our report will provide assurance on whether undercover police operations are operating effectively and efficiently within Scotland, as well as assessing the contribution they make to public safety," he said.
"In terms of safeguards, we will balance the requirement for visibility and transparency of undercover policing in Scotland with the need to protect sensitive covert policing techniques and operational deployments."
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