Policing incident report
REPORTING "public order situations" can
be difficult. Especially if you're a photographer, and the only
place you can do it from is in the thick of it: often sandwiched
between police officers, who just want everyone to go away
(or stay put, depending on their orders) and protesters, some
not seeing a difference between press and police photographers.
Photographer David Hoffman has prepared an A4 sheet of 10 cards (above) that you can give to fellow photographers to remind them to report policing encounters of all kinds, via this page - click to view the sheet.
Both the NUJ and the British Press Photographers Association have held
series of meetings with the Metropolitan Police to see how things
can be improved. We need to hear how these things are playing out on
the streets. If you are obstructed - or assisted - by police, please
don't just shrug, but come here to log a brief report, as soon as
possible after the event.
- This is not to be used as a request for immediate
- NUJ members see www.londonfreelance.org/emergency
- If you are stopped and searched you have a right to a "chit"*
- next time, ask politely for one. It could be worth a fortune!