Dias & Anor v Cleveland Police  UKIPTrib 15_586-CH (31 January 2017)
A tribunal has found that the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) by Cleveland Police in an internal investigation was not proportionate and was unlawful. Andrea Breeze, Chair of the Cleveland Police Federation, said'
The tribunal ruling clearly outlines shortfalls in correctly interpreting legislation or adhering to strict codes of practise that exist to ensure the necessary and proportionate use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).
RIPA can and often is used for investigations beyond just terrorism, including internal investigations, but it must be done so with sound rationale and careful consideration at every stage.
Where standards of officer's behaviour falls short of that expected it's absolutely right that appropriate enquiries are made. This is something our members would expect, but it's vital that any enquiries are carried out in a fair and proportionate way.
On behalf of our members we will be seeking reassurances that there are no on-going investigations that fail to meet the standards highlighted in this case.
Positive steps have been taken by the force to address the areas of concern identified.
The Federation will continue to be closely involved in the on-going changes being made to ensure that our members can have trust and confidence that fair, fit-for-purpose processes exist to support investigations
I am pleased on behalf of our members that the force have called in an independent force to review the findings of the tribunal
Cleveland Police Federation