A serving policeman has hit out at suggestions that police officers fail to use common sense when dealing with photographers under counter-terrorism legislation.
In a letter to Amateur Photographer magazine, Chris Verrecchia, from Northwich in Cheshire, wrote: ?As a police officer who trains CID officers I can assure you that the vast majority of officers know how to use their common sense and discretion when dealing with photographers.?
Chris, a keen photographer, adds: ?If you are unfortunate enough to meet an officer who lacks common sense and attempts to impose upon you, please draw their attention to Home Office 012 of 2009 Photography and Counter Terrorism Legislation.?
He urges AP readers to print out a copy of the Photography and Counter Terrorism Legislation from the Home Office website, and to carry it with them when taking pictures in public places.
?Whilst you still have rights, exercise them,? he continues.
Last week it emerged that the Metropolitan Police had significantly redrawn its official guidelines for officers.
The advice, posted on the force?s website, followed many months of campaigning by amateur and professional photographers.
The Met uses the guidelines to warn officers they risk breaking the law if they stop photographers, using anti-terror laws.
The original guidance drew criticism from photographers for failing to make clear that, for example, police do not have the right to confiscate or delete photos without a court order.