Well, Greater Manchester police -- I mean, I can give an example of this without -- I'll take the details out of it because I'm not sure of the state of the investigation, but last week I received -- there was a major crime in Greater Manchester and I received an email from Greater Manchester police press office that gave the details of the crime. It gave an agreed statement from the victim's family, two members of it. It had an attachment of a photograph that the family were happy to be issued and it also had an attachment of CCTV footage of the incident that the officer in the case had agreed to release.
Now, in the old days we would have to go around to the family, knock on the door, ask if they wanted to speak, maybe individually, maybe, unfortunately, en masse, depending on the number of news organisations involved and the size of the story, and then we'd have to put in a request for a media briefing. Then we'd have to see if we could get the CCTV footage. That would have to go through a formal process to the investigating officer, who'd have to agree with various people.
That, for me, is first rate police/press relations. I think that must help everybody all round, including the victims' families, because it has a massive impact, I think. We have information that we know is accurate, trustworthy, is not going to cause an offence to anybody or a problem to people who are already in a difficult situation, and that's really why I would highlight them.
They're not alone. Other forces are doing this now, largely through the advent of email, which is making things better, but they're very proactive in terms of investigations. I put Greater Manchester police as exceptional.
The other thing is if you have any further queries, you can go to the press office. They understand. They'll go to the senior officer. They'll maybe set up a meeting if you require it. They'll hold formal press conferences, and I just think that -- very impressive and very helpful to me and it must be helpful to the victims, which I know is of extreme importance here.