The review of the spy camera fiasco – otherwise known as Project Champion – has now been published. You can read the full report here.
The police are subject to some devastating criticism in the report, not least that “there was very little evidence of consideration being given to compliance with the legal or regulatory framework”.
I will be attending a meeting tonight at which the police will be presenting the findings to councillors. Some very hard questions will need to be asked of them. In particular, what steps will be taken to ensure that the individuals responsible for deceiving the community are made accountable for their actions?
I will also be repeating my view that the cameras must be removed as a first step to restoring trust between the police and the community.