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This is quite an austere policy. For example, in the second paragraph:

"Where an unsolicited offer of a personal gift or gratuity is made, the assumption should be that it will be politely declined."

Meals are later down the page:

"When offer of a gratuity is made by a member of the public, such as a meal or attendance at a function and it would be in the interests of the force to attend, a divisional commander, departmental head or ACPO will be notified and authority sought to attend. This is to protect staff from any subsequent suggestion of impropriety."

The gist or purpose of this is to deal with perceptions of impropriety as much as the fact of impropriety; is that right?

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