I like this particularly because it is bullshit. Fear is part of the nature of the job.
According to a report compiled by Big Brother Watch using Freedom of Information requests, Stockton Borough Council used powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act — created to deal with terrorism and serious organised crime — to investigate the movement of pigs, and Suffolk County Council made test purchases of a puppy and of services from a dating agency.
Other local councils such as Derby City, Bolton, and Gateshead have invoked RIPA to deal with dog fouling. In Dorset, the act was used to permit snooping on children to check whether they were eligible for school places.
Local councils have conducted 9000 surveillance operations over a three-year period, including 550 into fly tipping. Slough Council has recently spent £24,000 on thermal imaging equipment to take aerial photographs of residents’ properties and make sure no one’s living in their garden sheds. Similar technology has been used elsewhere to identify which households waste the most energy."
But the NCA desperately needs greater surveillance powers, apparently.