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Mr Baker, paragraph 55 of your statement, 8263. You're asked for your impression of the culture within the Essex police in relation it its dealings with the press and you say you believe that "Essex police, as an organisation, tried to be as open as possible with the press to provide the best information to ensure the public were well-informed and confident in our service".

Then you say:

"As individuals, my impression was that many of my staff, particularly the more junior staff, were apprehensive of dealing with the media and deferred that role to those more senior and/or with the relevant training."

We heard the adjective "defensive" used in relation to the Metropolitan Police this morning. Is that an adjective which could be fairly applied to Essex police between 2005 and 2009 in your opinion?

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