This policy covers all South Yorkshire Police personnel involved in the seizure and forensic examination of digital devices e.g. Mobile Phones and Computers.
Policy Aims and Objectives:
This policy provides guidance to all South Yorkshire Police personnel involved in the recovery of computer and other digital media.
Associated Procedural Instructions:
This policy is supported by the following guidance and procedural instructions:
D50965 Guidance on Forensic Examination of Digital Devices
D50657 Acquisition and Retention of Communications Data
D50024 Dealing with Unsolicited emails
The Act creates a statutory requirement for all Functions and Policies (Including Procedural Instructions) to be analysed for their effect on equality, diversity and human rights, with due regard to the General Duty.
In principle, this document has been assessed for discrimination, which cannot be justified, among other diverse groups.
The purpose of providing policy is to give an indication to staff of the expected course of action. However, it is not possible to cater for every possible combination of factors that would justify a departure from stated policy. The Human Rights Act 1998 requires the proper use of discretion at all times and nothing within this policy and associated procedural instructions prohibits the proper use of discretion in appropriate circumstances.
Where action is taken that has the potential to interfere with an individual’s Human Rights, the reasons behind the making of the decision to act in that way should be recorded on the appropriate forms, or where this is not practicable, in pocket books or policy logs.
This policy together with its Diversity Impact Assessment will be reviewed every 2 years.
Rights of redress for members of the public:
Anyone who feels that a member of staff has behaved incorrectly or unfairly, or who is dissatisfied with organisational matters, service delivery or other operational policing issues, has the right to make a complaint.
Initial action should be taken in one of the following ways:
- Complain in writing or in person to the Senior Officer at the appropriate police station or to the Chief Constable of the force concerned.
- Visit a local Citizens' Advice Bureau
- Contact a Solicitor
Rights of redress for South Yorkshire Police personnel:
South Yorkshire Police personnel who feel they have grounds for concern in relation to the implementation of policies may, as appropriate: Pursue concerns through their line manager.
- Contact a First Contact Advisor.
- Pursue a grievance formally through the South Yorkshire Police Fairness at Work Procedure.
- Seek advice from their staff association or trades union.
Use procedural instruction D50241 Management of Complaints, in the section entitled Handling Complaints relating to Direction and Control.
15 September 2008