Police buy gadgets from surveillance company

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POLICE in Herts have spent thousands of pounds on equipment from a company that specialises in surveillance technology.

The force bought the equipment from Datong plc earlier this year but says it cannot reveal further details for ‘operational reasons’.

Leeds-based Datong, which works with enforcement agencies and governments around the world including the Ministry of Defence, produces high-tech equipment capable of tracking and jamming multiple mobile phones over a wide area. Information revealed under the Freedom of Information Act shows Herts Constabulary spent £8,373 with the firm in February.

A police spokesman said: “Hertfordshire Constabulary is committed to keeping the county safe and catching criminals through the use of specialist technology. The force has spent a relatively low amount of money on equipment with Datong plc who supply technical equipment relevant to police work.

“For operational reasons, we are not able to disclose further details of this equipment.”