Revealed: Police Scotland confirms recruiting nearly 800 informants



POLICE Scotland is facing fresh questions over its covert law enforcement strategies after being forced into confirming the recruitment of 759 informants.

The single force finally published the figure, which amounts to over 20 covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) a month, after a failed court bid to stop the information from being released.

However, campaigners yesterday demanded to know if any of the informants had snooped on protest and campaign groups.

In 2009, it emerged that officers claiming to be from Strathclyde Police had tried to infiltrate environmental group Plane Stupid.

Detectives offered activist Tilly Gifford cash for information, but she refused, recorded the conversations and exposed the approach in a national newspaper.

At a UK level, the Metropolitan Police has also been severely criticised for embedding undercover officers into peaceful protest and campaign groups.

Under freedom of information legislation the Sunday Herald asked Police Scotland in January last year…

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