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RIPSA Forms Guidance (March 2011)
A guide to completing the standard forms for covert surveillance and CHIS under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers(Scotland) Act 2002 (RIPSA)
The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2002 (RIPSA) governs the way Scottish local authorities conduct Directed Surveillance and deploy a Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS). Each covert investigation involving these surveillance techniques has to be properly documented using the correct standard Scottish Executive forms. Incorrect form filling is a regular criticism made by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) when doing compliance inspections. Up to now there has been no published Scotland specific guidance on this important issue.
Ibrahim Hasan has developed this detailed guide on how to complete the standard RIPSA forms for Directed Surveillance and CHIS. It is specifically tailored to the needs of Scottish local authorities whose surveillance operations differ from other RIPSA authorities. The guide consists of each form reproduced with detailed notes on how to complete each section. The often-misunderstood key human rights concepts of necessity, proportionality and collateral intrusion are fully explained. All the forms are included from application, through to review, renewal and cancellation. There is even a suggested template form to be used when doing surveillance not covered by RIPSA. This is not available elsewhere.
The guide has been fully revised in the light of the new RIPSA Order (which came into force on 29th November 2010) and suggested best practice by the Office of Surveillance Commissioners.
At a time of increasing pressure on local authority budgets, the RIPSA Forms Guide will save you time and money.