UK Police Try to Recruit Students to Spy on Peers

Police would like Cambridge University students to learn to be well behaved little snitches for them, but one student activist flipped the script and secretly filmed a police informant recruitment session with an officer. The video was released by the Guardian (who anonymized the officer’s face.) The officer explained to his potential recruit “not to think too much” about things and listed what kind of groups they were interesting in gathering information on including “student-union” type activity as well as anti-fracking groups and ones opposed to budget cuts. The constabulary have defended their actions as lawful, but academics within Cambridge University have condemned the police tactics and their efforts to recruit young pupils to spy on their peers.

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