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I think the reality is that police staff are less likely to be involved in the sort of contacts with the media that the Inquiry is particularly concerned with, because of their relationship with investigations. My conversations with UNISON members who are police press officers suggest that it would be the senior investigating officer who might be taken for a business lunch by a journalist, because he or she would have the overview of a particular investigation and the journalist would be looking for a particular scoop or a particular angle on that over-arching investigation.

Police staff, by nature of their work, tend to work on discrete parts of an investigation. There will be a scenes of crime officer or a fingerprint expert or a crime analyst, and he or she would not have the sort of overview of a particular crime that would enable him or her to give the sort of picture to a journalist that I think is probably looked for.

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