Bill says in a perfect world, everyone would be happy, obviously that's not going to be the case. There's been discussion about the "immediacy of media" potentially affecting police tactics, at for example a stakeout where there's a live stream of police moving in.
Communication is taking a higher priority now, Bill says. All of the watch commanders are media trained, but when they need to take control of the situation they will assign media responsibility to another officer.
Dan talks about getting information from the police in cases of police conduct. "Usually I know what I can get." Things like, why were you called to this scene, when did you arrive, who called you. Whenever someone contacts him about police conduct, he says, he also wants to find out as much as he can about them.
I can't imagine what the police go through, Liam adds; I couldn't imagine pulling a gun on someone. Journalists should have to do their due diligence too, he argues. After Ferguson, are we going to send a satellite truck out to every police shooting now?
Bill says a major issue in the US now is an erosion of trust. Police derive their power not from law, but from the trust placed in them by the community, he argues.
First Bill says he can't think of a time when a journalist was arrested in Halifax. There was one, Dan interjects (I can't find the link right now.) Then Bill says, if there are illegal arrests, officers should be held accountable.
Question from the audience on police accommodating reporters at scenes. Liam says it's all in the approach; if you confront police in a standoffish way, you can expect them to have their back up. It's not compromising your moral integrity to be nice to a police officer. Bill says the cops are just concerned about safety and contaminating evidence. Dan says it's a pressure-cooker issue; editors demanding more information, reporters wanting to get the edge over competition, the fluid situation that's hard to predict.