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Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA) Policy Update

Meeting: 30/04/2024 - Cabinet (Item 9)

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This report provided Cabinet with an update on the RIPA (‘the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000’) Surveillance Policy following a recent inspection by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office and asked Cabinet to adopt the updated policy following minor amendments being made post inspection.

The updates to the Policy proposed would ensure it remained up to date and prevent any negative impact on the Council’s investigations and prosecutions. Compliance with the statutory regime empowered the Council to actively investigate matters such as under age sales of alcohol and tobacco.







The Cabinet agreed to adopt the updated policy and noted the Inspector’s Comments regarding the improvement in Medway’s position.


The Cabinet noted the use of powers for the years 2021 to 2023 inclusive as set out in paragraph 4.3.


The Cabinet agreed to delegate authority to the Assistant Director,  Legal and Governance to correct any typographical / administrative errors in the Policy attached as Appendix 1 to the report .


To comply with the statutory regime regarding the use of surveillance powers.