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Police: Mass Media

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what her policy is on the disclosure of details of criminal activity by the police to the media; (226734)

(2) how many police forces have introduced policies of withholding reports of criminal activities from the media; and if she will make a statement;

(3) whether she has advised chief constables that reports of criminal activities should not be disclosed to the media;

(4) how many representations she has received on the decision of Essex Police not to make reports of criminal activities available to the media.

These issues are related to operational matters that are the responsibility of the chief constable of the force concerned. The Home Office has received no representations and made no recommendations. If there are particular concerns about force policy in this area they should be raised with the chief constable.