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My memory of it was that -- and I think to a degree, it's still the case now -- different journalists specialised in political affairs, crime affairs, matters of defence and so on, and some journalists become extremely established and authoritative to a degree in their territory. Actually, extremely authoritative. Some of those journalists seemed to have an established relationship with the Met in the centre, and were involved in some of those briefings that I've referred to.

For example, there were some from the Crime Reporters Association who had been around a long time, who were regarded as trusted in terms of they had been briefed before and not breached the terms of that, and likewise I think there was a similar view of some journalists in the broadcast media who were very important in all of this, who actually were devoted and have been devoted to particular issues and concerns over a long period of time. That's what I'm broadly referring to there, and they had -- the Met had a way of thematically dealing with these issues, whether it was community relations, particular aspects of crime, and they had some system for briefing, supporting people when they were going to have to do interviews, both at the centre and geographically in London.

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