Journal Article

Servicing the Media's Needs at Arm's Length: Police–Media Relations during High-Profile Murder Investigations

David Wilson, Nick Howe, Diane Kemp and Harriet Tolputt

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 5, issue 4, pages 343-355
Published in print December 2011 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online November 2011 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/par046
Servicing the Media's Needs at Arm's Length: Police–Media Relations during High-Profile Murder Investigations

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Based on a series of in-depth interviews with the Senior Investigating Officers (SIOs) of four high-profile murder investigations, the article describes the various tensions and opportunities that exist between the police and the media in servicing each other's professional needs. In particular, the article examines the nature of the police/media relationship between the period 1993 and 2006 and details a potential changing attitude by SIOs, dependent upon the perceived needs of the investigation, towards the influence, usefulness and impact of the media. The article concludes, however, that despite a new ‘embracing’ police outlook and potential model of good practice, there appears to remain deep-rooted police suspicion of the media.

Journal Article.  7478 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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