Of the Hidden Kind
French police is building a network of undercover sneaks among civil servants working for other governmental services — such as the employment office or the social assistance — to serve Sarkozy’s anti-immigration statistics (see Doing Figures for a previous comment). Check that out:
“In a note issued on October 10, the police prefecture of Haute-Garonne explains how to build a “group of referring agents” in the region’s public administrations (employment office, social assistance, etc.). The mission of these civil servants is to report directly to the police if they spot some suspicious identification documents.” (from “A Toulouse, la préfecture monte son réseau d’indics”, Libération, November 26 2007)
This quasi-clandestine device is meant to bypass the existing regulation against the cross-matching of national records. Apparently, the cops also mention the possibility of enrolling public hospitals in this network of stoolies.