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ACPO rep wrote:
Talk of government-run Stasi-style snooping is wide of the mark. The Police Reform Act 2002 makes it clear that setting up an accreditation scheme is at the discretion of the Chief Officer after consultation, who will take decisions to establish a scheme or not based on local circumstances. Responsibility for operational policing is solely invested in the chief officer for each area.
I think the main thread on this got dropped to Civil Liberties, but here's the counterpoint anyway so that people can see it.