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Reader’s Comment of the Day: The police didn’t always blab to the media

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In response to, Nicholas Booth: Stop making a drama out of real-life police raids on hapless celebs, R Fairless wrote:

In my opinion, police behaviour is unacceptable with regard to searches, arrests and comments on the outcome of court proceedings. When I joined the police more than sixty years ago, discretion was considered important. The press got to know nothing about our business, although they were always very persistent in trying to find out.. Arrests and searches were considered to be a private transaction between the police and the alleged offender. If and when he appeared before a court was the time to reveal identities. As to commenting on the outcome of court cases, it would not have been allowed; police were the servants of the law and had to remain impartial as to the outcome of court cases.

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