Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/05/19/council_intelligence/

Parkies get police intelligence

Off the grass, John Bull of 73 Green Drive, or I'll tell your mum about your ASBO

By Mark Ballard

Posted in Media, 19th May 2006 15:17 GMT

Police intelligence records could be opened to frontline council workers under a draft plan being considered by Downing Street.

Park keepers, housing officers, neighbourhood wardens, and other council workers could access intelligence databases to find out about people in their borough, the Guardian newspaper reported today.

The plans are part of a broader neighbourhood policing strategy, that aims to stamp out wayward kids. They would involve council officials handing intelligence gathered from their community over to the police. Their pay off would be access to police databases.

The Home Office would reveal no more details. The Police Federation, a professional association, and civil rights group Liberty, both expressed concerns about the plans. ®