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Okay, I would say this. I would say that I've heard some offhand remarks made about the Crime Reporters Association during this proceeding, and in the main I would say that we aren't the main problem for the police with journalists and I'll tell you why that is. First of all, we have to be self-governing. We have to adhere to carefully considered codes of conduct because although, for instance, the Metropolitan Police might be an organisation of 50,000 individuals, if you don't behave to a high standard, your reputation -- you know, reputation will soon get around for being somebody who there's a health warning attached to.

I think the biggest problem that I've observed over the years is reporters who are not specialised but do inevitably, because it's an open society and they go to Crown Court trials or whatever, who meet police officers, they might get into inappropriate relationships with them, and sometimes they cut corners or they do things as part of their job where they're not worried, not concerned as I would have to be, about having to come back the next day and deal with the same people in the same organisation, but this time about a fresh topic. They're not worried about how they're perceived afterwards, they're simply -- it's short-termism for them.

With the Crime Reporters Association, the majority of these people are dedicated professionals, in it for the long term, but that's not universal throughout the business, and I have on occasions been annoyed about the activities of some reporters because they've acted inappropriately and it's people like me that have to clear up the mess afterwards.

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