"I think it's very important to acknowledge that over the last decade or so there have been numerous attacks (in the media) on the police. There have been the reports into police conduct, all those sorts of things, none of which have actually encouraged people to increase their respect for the police."
Distrust of the police as an institution is a healthy thing in a civil society. That doesn't mean that most police don't do a good job, or that we should not support the ordinary efforts of hardworking coppers. But the police should be scrutinised, and if they stuff up I'm quite happy for the media to be all over them like a great big dirty all-over-thing.
If we ever find we are giving deference to people simply because they wear the blue uniform we will probably be well on the road to dictatorship.