Dear Sir or Madam,
Office 4825 of the British Transport Police refused to show my his ID or Warrant Card when asked. I had been stopped under S.44(2) of The Terrorism Act 2000. The incident happened at around 0854BST on 19/08/2008.
The officer was, I consider, rude and unprofessional. He made a protracted phone call using what appeared to be a private mobile phone (not on the TETRA system) indicating personal information about me and my whereabouts. He would not give me any information about the call.
I have captured the incident on camera and you may view it at http://politics.phreadz.com/p/15ROH206TI2T/
I would like the following
1) Confirmation that this man is indeed a member of the British Transport Police.
2) Details about whether this man was correct not to show me his identification.
3) Details of the phone call he placed concerning me. Please let me know if I need to submit a separate FOI request for this. [In retrospect, I think I should be asking under the DPA not the FOIA]
I was impressed with their speed of response. Less than 24 hours.
I can confirm that Officer 4825 is a British Transport Police Officer.
If an officer is in plain clothes he is obliged to show identification
In respect of the telephone call that was made, I cannot assist with that.
PSD Office Manager
It is correct, so I discover from investigation, that uniformed officers don't have to show ID. I think that's a shame. If they've got nothing to hide, they've got nothing to fear.
Many thanks to Cory at Boing Boing for featuring my story. To QIK for providing a streaming service. To Kosso at Phreadz for creating a fantastic video discussion forum. Thanks also for all those who've blogged and digged this (sorry if I missed any). Please keep the comments, tweets and jaikus coming in - it's been fascinating to read both the positive and negative views people have of my actions.
Finally, a huge amount of love and respect to my wife, Liz, for not making me sleep on the sofa last night 😉 She understands me like no one else.
This blog now returns to wittering about QR Codes, mobile phones and Shakespeare.