Leveson Inquiry: Strathclyde officers ‘taking money’
Stephen House said he was sure some of his officers had been paid for information
21 March 2012 Last updated at 16:18
The head of Scotland’s largest police force says he has “no doubt” there are individuals in his force “who are in receipt of money from various people”.
Strathclyde Chief Constable Stephen House told the Leveson Inquiry the force had launched 45 probes into leaks to the press in the last five years.
He said most of the suspected leaks related to celebrities.
Earlier the Times crime editor said the inquiry – into media ethics – had had a “chilling effect” on police contact.
The Leveson Inquiry is currently examining the press’s relationship with the police.
‘Within certain bounds’
Mr House, who was touted as a candidate for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police last year, said that when he had taken over as chief constable he “did the rounds” of meeting editors to outline the relationship he wanted with the press.
He said: “Contact with the media is part of the job but must be within certain bounds, professional and for the public good.”
Mr House said he remembered five occasions where he had accepted from the media some form of hospitality or offered it to them.