New rules will stop undercover officers having intimate relationships with people they are investigating, following concern over series of cases.
I appreciate that there is considerable disquiet over the revelation that officers formed relationships and even had children with those under surveillance, but this ruling will provide a means of easily flushing out anyone suspected of being an undercover officer.
Perhaps long term infiltration of activists by undercover officers will be made impossible as a result of the ruling which may be no bad thing considering the distress caused when the deception is revealed.
Working undercover ( even that has a double meaning in this instance ) requires you to act naturally. What's more natural than forming an intimate relationship with someone you are 'working' closely with ? If the undercover cop then shows what looks like ;cold feet; those under investigation may get suspicious.