There goes one of the perks of the job

Undercover work must be real tough…the constant risk of being discovered…the unpleasant consequences of that discovery…surely they can blag a root now and then?

Turns out if you are an undercover cop in the UK that would be no… no rooting on the job. Maybe Auckland Council could institute a similar ban.

Undercover police are to be banned from having sex with the people they are spying on.

A new code of ethics for all officers will be used to make clear to covert teams that they must not engage in sexual relationships.

College of Policing chief executive Alex Marshall revealed a new training course has been imposed to cover officers authorising undercover work.  

It follows a raft of allegations made since former PC Mark Kennedy was unmasked in 2011 as an undercover officer who spied on environmental protesters as long-haired dropout Mark ‘Flash’ Stone.

As the Daily Mail revealed in 2011, Kennedy indulged his penchant for sleeping with impressionable female activists, even when it was not necessary for his undercover role.

Nice work if you can get it.

Looks like he took “undercover” literally.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.