The idea that organisations improve by admitting their failings is a modern one. For a judiciary rooted firmly in the past, which didn't even have press officers until the 1980s, any form of media intrusion was unwelcome. And it wasn't just the legal establishment that preferred television to keep its nose out. The police, too, had much to hide.
Peter Neyroud - Former Chief Constable, Thames Valley Police
I joined in 1980 and very early on as a temporary detective I was very, very strongly told "confinement brings confession". In 1980, we pre-prepared ...