UK police chiefs stop sharing data with immigration authorities in defiance of government policy
In December 2018, in the wake of the Windrush scandal, the National Police Council, which represents police chiefs across England and Wales agreed to cease passing on to deportation authorities information about people suspected of being in the country illegally. The measures also ban officers from checking the police national computer solely to check on immigration status. Police said they believed that their too-close relationship with immigration authorities in aid of the government's "hostile environment" policy damaged their standing in their communities and may have deterred victims of modern slavery and human trafficking from coming forward.
Writer: Vikram Dodd
Publication date: 2018-12-07