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Hello, Do the Police ever hire civilian photographers to help them with photographic work? I am a professional Photographer by Trade with NO convictions, I have friends who are Police and I it would be nice to be able to make a difference with my Photography to help catch the bad guys. I am not interested in forensics and I come from an IT & COMMS background with some Counter Surveillance. Thanks
Hi all, I just wonder if somebody could give me some advice about this. I'm a photographer from Southern Ireland (currently studying in Belfast) and I was visiting Sheffield during the week. I was taking photos of the city centre architecture and I took a couple of photos of what I thought was just another office building but it turned out to be the police hq building. (There was no sign saying it was a police building on it from the side I was on). Anyway two police officers approached me and asked me what I was doing (which is fair enough). Its a hard job trying to explain to people that you actually think that grey concrete 1960's buildings look kinda cool as most people think you're some sort of nutcase. Anyway, I showed them the photos and did my best to explain that I had no sinister intent and we had a friendly discussion which was fine. The police officer asked me for my name and date of birth. I asked what would happen if I didn't give the details to her because I was unsure about what would be done with them (ie my name is put on some sort of database). This naturally resulted in the well if you've nothing to hide then what's the problem. End of the story I gave them my details and we parted on friendly terms. My questions is; What happens to the information I gave them? I presume they run some sort of check to see if I have a record (I don't) Will I be on some sort of database as a terrorist suspect (Irish guy living in Belfast taking photos of a police station??) Will this somehow come back to haunt me if I apply for a teaching job in the UK? Thanks again for any advice!