Dear Hull UK Border Force,
it is no secret that UKBF monitor and read our blog and forum so this post is for you personally.
We have received correspondence and audio recordings from our readers that show some of your officers and indeed one senior officer are still telling passengers that they cannot record interviews with yourselves.
ls this because your officers do not know your own regulations or procedures? ... or, is it something more dubious?
Please distribute the following to your officers and put a copy on your noticeboard.
Your own regulations/procedures regarding Excise & Civil Interviews states and l quote :-
“Note: If a member of the public chooses to use their own recording equipment, such as a mobile phone or video camera, to make an audio or video record of the interview, officers cannot prevent them from doing so. However, officers should try to dissuade individuals from making the record by explaining that a full and accurate record of the interview will be made and they will have the opportunity to read, agree or have comments added at the end of the record.
If an individual persists in making a recording, officers are not obliged to make any special amendments to their usual business processes or to the location of the interview in order to accommodate a recording. Similarly, officers are not obliged to have their image recorded and can politely ask that the use of recording equipment is directed away from them.”
l don't think you can get any clearer than that! Whilst we are on about this, why is HMRC/UKBA and UKBF redacting out this information when members of the public are putting in FOIs requesting info on Excise and Civil Interviews? (Complaint done to Information Commissioner) Anyone who reads this will think you have something to hide and are afraid of the truth. ls this so?
What can you possibly object to when all that is being recorded are the truth and facts? lf your officers are doing their job correctly ... what is the problem?
lt made us smile when one of your officers referred to us when interviewing a passenger as a 'site for smugglers'. That's like saying that solicitor sites are 'sites for criminals'. We supply legal facts and rights to the public regarding cross-border shopping. Documented facts may l add and virtually all from your own regulations and procedures.
Finally, to those officers at Hull that have no objections to recording (and there are quite a few) ... THANK YOU. You have our respect.
I know that some officers from Hull also cover such as Doncaster Airport. l sincerely hope you got rid of this idiot in charge.