We use RIPA to prevent and detect crime for core functions. For example, enforcement activities undertaken by Trading Standards where an offence may be punishable by a custodial sentence of 6 months or more, or is related to the under age sale of alcohol and tobacco. Any applications to use such powers have to be approved by the Magistrates' Court.
Information on the Council’s use of RIPA:
From 1 April 2014, RIPA statistics are published at: