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Surveillance and investigation

Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act 1998 requires us, and any organisations working on our behalf, to have respect for the private and family life of its residents. However, in certain cases it may be necessary for us to take action in ways that could interfere with an individual’s rights.


Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 provides a mechanism for authorising necessary and appropriate action to investigate claims of unlawful activity. The exercise of powers under the Act is not available for anyone’s use and therefore, in accordance with the Act, there are currently 12 authorising officers in senior positions.

Our Policy and Code of Practice on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 sets out how we operate the required authorisation, review, renewal and cancellation process. You can find this document attached below.

You can also find a downloadable publication of the statistics on the use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 over the past 3 years. This is updated regularly. Information which would allow for the identification of the individual is not included, as this may be a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you require further advice or have any concerns on RIPA or other surveillance matters then please contact us on (0114) 2734567.  Depending on the nature of your call, you will then be directed to the relevant team.


CCTV in the city

Please see the CCTV in the City pages.

Code of Practice


  • Modified: Jan 9, 2017 4:25:48 PM