The police have confirmed that they broke their own guidelines on guideline breaching no fewer than 2,000 times since their newest guidelines on how and when it’s OK to breach their own guidelines were published in June 2012.
The latest breach of guidelines is the most serious. An undercover officer whose duty was to expose police breaches of guidelines overstepped the mark by revealing he had himself breached guidelines on guideline breaching.
This is so far outside the guidelines that new guidelines have had to be hurriedly drafted to deal with the extensive ramifications of the breach. The new guidelines will be published in July 2013 and police are confident they will be in breach of them very soon after.