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I think it's really important for me that our journalists are totally professional in their dealings with the police. By that, I mean that they are honest, forthright and they deal with integrity in all their dealings with the police and police officers.

I say that because it's important. Sure, you can get to know an officer, and I think there's a great value in our reporters getting to know their local officers so they can understand exactly what's happening in those areas, so they can have open and frank discussions with what's happening in their areas, crime, and the only way the public can be helped to allay the fears of crime or whatever. But also I think it's really, really crucial that that relationship is kept professional, so that if there ever comes a time when we have to ask the hard questions and we have to ask the hard questions of that police officer, that we can do so without fear or favour.

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