Does this seem likely?


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scoff12

A few while ago I applied for a job at my local police station as a
CCTV operator. Someone who knew a bit about the police said to me that
is was quite a good job and the civilians in the police had good
conditions of work. He said it was not the sort of job you could do
for years and years and a good stop gap and could lead to other jobs
in the organisation.

Then I happened to mention that a I had been involved in my local
Friends of the Earth Group. I had a local co-ordinator and I guess a
lot of people knew me from that. He pulled a face and said that might
be enough to stop me getting a job with them. He said that the fact
that I had been involved with FOE would be on a file somewhere.

I said I had never broken any laws, never been arrested etc. He said
that in the Polices eyes groups like that were agitators even if they
did not break laws.

As it happens the job was cancelled due to funding problems. But does
what he said sound feasible? A advisor at the job centre once
expressed similar concerns, not in so many words .
 
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Fedup

A few while ago I applied for a job at my local police station as a
CCTV operator. Someone who knew a bit about the police said to me that
is was quite a good job and the civilians in the police had good
conditions of work. He said it was not the sort of job you could do
for years and years and a good stop gap and could lead to other jobs
in the organisation.

Then I happened to mention that a I had been involved in my local
Friends of the Earth Group. I had a local co-ordinator and I guess a
lot of people knew me from that. He pulled a face and said that might
be enough to stop me getting a job with them. He said that the fact
that I had been involved with FOE would be on a file somewhere.

I said I had never broken any laws, never been arrested etc. He said
that in the Polices eyes groups like that were agitators even if they
did not break laws.

As it happens the job was cancelled due to funding problems. But does
what he said sound feasible? A advisor at the job centre once
expressed similar concerns, not in so many words .
Anyone doing any campaigning is deemed to be a political activist in
the eyes of the police. Even writing to your local newspaper can get
you on the police computer.

See this bit about local opponents of airport expansion
http://www.fitwatch.blogspot.com/
 
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mart2306

 A few   while ago I applied for a job at my local police station as a
CCTV operator. Someone who knew a bit about the police said to me that
is was quite a good job and the civilians in the police had good
conditions of work. He said it was not the sort of job you could do
for years and years and a good stop gap and could lead to other jobs
in the organisation.

Then I happened to mention that a I had been involved in my local
Friends of the Earth Group.  I had a local co-ordinator and I guess  a
lot of people knew me from that. He pulled a face and said that might
be enough to stop me getting a job with them. He said that the fact
that I had been involved with FOE would be on a file somewhere.

I said I had never broken any laws, never been arrested etc. He said
that in the Polices eyes groups like that were agitators even if they
did not break laws.

As it happens the job was cancelled due to funding problems. But does
what he said sound feasible? A advisor at the job centre once
expressed similar concerns, not in so many words .
Even membership of some organisations can cause problems. Don't depend
on the police not knowing you were involved.
However, some organisations are deemed more an active risk than
others. And your own actions can come into it - troublemaker for the
police, merely writing letters to the press or whatever.


Martin <><
 
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Robbie

Even membership of some organisations can cause problems. Don't depend
on the police not knowing you were involved.
However, some organisations are deemed more an active risk than
others. And your own actions can come into it - troublemaker for the
police, merely writing letters to the press or whatever.


Martin <><
The police now routinely photograph people attending local meetings for
all sorts of things. It's truly a police state.

Take a picture of a cop and you could threatened with arrest.
 

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