ACPO lead on communications Chief Constable Andy Trotter said:

"Police should have a professional, open and transparent relationship with the public and the media. The media can provide a vital role in communicating with the public, helping society to solve crime, and holding public institutions to account.

"Since the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Inquiry, the police service has responded positively and proactively to the concerns which led to the setting up of the Inquiry.

"However, we need to ensure that the public is in no doubt that the police service operates to the highest standards of integrity.

"Therefore we will now consider these recommendations carefully. Following Lord Justice Leveson's report, we will build upon our interim guidance to give clear direction to officers and staff at all levels about the professionalism required of them."

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