Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO)
The Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office (IOCCO) is charged with undertaking prison inspections on behalf of the Interception of Communications Commissioner. IOCCO undertakes a revolving programme of inspection visits to all prisons where interception takes place, and produces a written report of the findings for the Commissioner.
The procedures for lawfully intercepting a prisoner's communications are set out under the Prison Rules. Function 4 (“Communications and Surveillance”) of the National Security Framework (NSF) and the Public Protection Manual (PPM) should be complied with. Each prison should also have a Local Security Strategy (LSS) document which outlines the procedures in place for the interception of prisoners’ communications.
The primary objectives of the inspections are to ensure that:-
The findings of these inspections are outlined in Section 7 of the Commissioner’s Annual Report