I assume so. I was not in the office when he called. He said nothing, just that he has questions regarding one of our companies and requested a call back from me.
Serious Organised Crime Command, New Scotland Yard
Jo, thank you a couple of questions:
"Apart from anything else you have no proof you are talking to an officer over the phone." - for this reason he suggested for me to call back through the central switchboard, so that I can make sure I am talking to the police. Don`t you think that is safe enough?
Do I have the right to demand a written request? Say at least an e-mail: pls provide me so and so information about so and so company. And I would be more than happy to comply, again in writing.
In either case (telephone, personal meeting, written request), does he need to give me a reason for the enquiry? Or no, he has the right just to say I want info about this company and that is all.
(Face to face statement - that is a problem. I am away on business for a couple of months, some 15 hours plane ride from London, so would like to avoid that.)
Jo, thank you very much. I think I am all set.
I know. I just don`t really like this giving information over the phone business. I have dealt with authorities elsewhere, worldwide, and they usually come with a proper written request.
It can be intimidating to be put on the spot over the phone, and my first language is not English, either.
Anyway, it should be all right.
Yes, that is the plan. We have nothing to hide.
Thank you again, great service!