Sure. In terms of my work, the figures that are provided at the beginning of the witness statement in terms of the number of members we represent gives you an indication of what proportion of my work relates to police staff, and it is the majority of the work that I do. So I have a view across policing, probation and CAFCASS, although I've worked in other areas of the union previously.
I think in this context, and I'm limiting my comments to policing and an impression that I've gathered over a number of years as to confidence in whistle-blowing, and if I can develop that, I think it's a lack of confidence that relates in policing particularly to the working environment of the Police Service, and you will appreciate that policing is a disciplined service. It is a very hierarchical and authoritarian workplace. Police staff are part of that workforce and much work is being done to integrate them better in that workforce than was perhaps previously the case, but they do on occasion feel themselves to be second class citizens in a service that's predominantly police officer led, and particularly in terms of the management structure, and there is a view amongst our members and our branches that it is very difficult to be seen to rock the boat within a service such as that.
I'm not aware in recent years of any public interest disclosures that have taken place, and there is an atmosphere within police forces that I think makes it very difficult for a member of police staff to raise a particular concern, particularly if he or she is ranged against very powerful authority within that particular employer, and I hope that paints you a picture of some of the difficulties that might be faced, particularly in policing when compared to other parts of the public sector, where there may be a slightly more egalitarian feel to the workplace.