Submitted in response to written requests from the Inquiry, usually providing lists of questions to be answered. In most cases these formed the basis of questioning in public sessions, but in some cases they were read into the record (or taken as read) and the witness did not appear in person.
Given by witnesses invited by the Inquiry, normally after they have made written statements. These sessions could be viewed live online and sometimes on television news services, and the video recordings are part of the archive. The statements were usually released to the public after the public sessions.
Former Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, Akers joined the force in 1976 and retired at the end of 2012, having led Operation Weeting, investigating the News International phone-hacking scandal, and the related Operations Elveden and Tuleta, respectively investigating inappropriate payments to police officers and other public officials and computer hacking. Akers was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2007 and appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to policing.
A police officer for 34 years, Ian Blair served as Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, head of London's Metropolitan Police Service. He testified regarding his personal relationship with the media and as head of the police force. He gave detailed evidence of how relations between the media and police were conducted. Resigned in 2008 and became a peer in 2010. Lord Blair noted that the culture prevailing during his time as Commissioner was very different from the culture at the time of the Inquiry.
Paul Condon joined the police in 1967, becoming Chief Constable of Kent in 1988 and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in 1993, aged 45, the youngest person to do so at that time, before stepping down in 2000. Answered questions at the Inquiry on his corruption strategy during his time at the Met.
Former senior British police officer and Chief Executive of the College of Policing since January 2018. HM Inspector of Constabulary from 2014-2017. Received Queen's Police Medal in the Queen's 2013 New Year’s Honours. Gave evidence on counter-corruption work including the role of the media.
Senior police officer, gave evidence to the Inquiry as Assistant Commissioner with the Metropolitan Police Service, and addressed questions of contacts between press and police. In 2017, she became Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in London, the first woman to take charge of the service. She holds The Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to policing.
Former English police officer and head of London's Metropolitan Police from 2011 to 2017. Hogan-Howe was knighted in the 2013 New Year’s Honours for his services to policing. Gave evidence on the Met’s relationship with the Press. Told the Inquiry of a “clear need to review existing procedures”.
Retired senior Scottish police officer, House was the first Chief Constable of Police Scotland, appointed October 2012. Awarded Queen's Police Medal in 2005 for distinguished service and knighted in 2013 for services to law and order. Gave evidence on procedures and relationship with the press in Strathclyde.
Born 1962. Deputy Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service. Held senior roles within Cumbria, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire Constabularies, as well as a specialist staff-officer role in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary. He gave the inquiry his view on managing relations with the press in Cumbria. Mackey was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in 2009 and appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year’s Honours for services to Policing.
Born 1969. British senior law-enforcement officer. Appointed Director General of the National Crime Agency in April 2016, making her one of the most senior law-enforcement chiefs in Britain. Awarded CBE and QPM for services throughout her extensive career. Answered questions at the Inquiry on her work with the Metropolitan Police Service.
Former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, the UK's third largest police force, following 30 years with the Metropolitan Police. Extensive experience of liaising with the press. Awarded Queen's Police Medal.
John Stevens was Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (head of the Metropolitan Police Service) from 2000 until 2005. From 1991 to 1996, he was Chief Constable of Northumbria Police before being appointed one of HM Inspectors of Constabulary in September 1996. He was then appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Met in 1998 until his promotion to Commissioner in 2000. Told the Inquiry that he had set out to develop a close relationship with the media.
Former senior police officer with extensive experience of and expertise in policing and public order. Received an OBE and the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service throughout a career which included extensive liaison with press and journalist organisations on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
Vaughan was Chief Constable of South Wales Police at time of Inquiry. Gave evidence on liaison with press and on anti-corruption procedures. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.
Former Assistant Commissioner in the London Metropolitan Police Service (2006-2011), Yates had resigned from office following criticism of his close relationship with journalists, in particular those from the News of the World. He gave evidence to the Inquiry two years after that resignation. Yates had been conducting a review of the 2006 Police Inquiry into the News of the World royal phone-hacking scandal. Lord Justice Leveson said it was a matter of "regret" that Yates had not handed the task to another officer but that there was no evidence he had been involved in corruption.