Rationale for including this section on the website
Dear Mr Stone
Thank you for raising concerns from NARPO members about the publication of warrant card photos on the Gloucestershire Police Archives website.
Firstly, I want to offer an apology to any NARPO member who is upset or offended by publication of their photo.
However, I think that it`s important for me to explain why these photographs were published on the website.
At each of the Force Open Days, we have opened the archives for visitors and there has always been great interest around the old photo albums. Indeed, a number of retired officers have taken photos of pages containing their photos, some of which have been uploaded by them onto social media.
As a result, it was felt that it would be a nice development for the website to include these old warrant card photos to continue with preserving and sharing some of the faces that have the formed part of the organisation`s great and proud history.
As you know, the issue has been raised about whether this approach breaches Data Protection and our experts at Waterwells have considered this in some detail and we are confident that the decision to publish these specific pictures would be supported by the regulator due to their ongoing “historical value”. However, you have indicated that this decision may have upset some NARPO members – this was never our intention, we were only trying to do something which people found beneficial and I have personally enjoyed looking though the photos, recognising retired colleagues.
As a result of this issue being raised, I have taken the decision to remove this section from the website, unfortunately, this also means that the hard copy album will no longer be available for display at public events, although it will remain a great part of the archive and an ongoing resource.
I’m sure that all your members will have sympathy with our position – our decision will please some people and upset others – the very essence of policing!
Thank you for bringing the feelings of your NARPO members to our attention.
Assistant Chief Constable Support