The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

I think I would like to take the opportunity of writing to you, because I think it is a matter that needs to be seen, in a sense, at the end of the evidence. I think there's something here about trying to get a picture. But I'm very pleased, if I may say so, to hear that you are looking to produce something that will be meaningful in the context of the police and the context of the media and the politicians, as they develop, and I would just reiterate my view that this is a three-sided triangle, and it does need to be looked at from all of those angles. The relationship between press and politicians as well as police and politicians and whichever the other angle is, is very important.

If I might add just one other thing, which we touched on lightly. I am of the view that for too much of the police's time over the years there has been an emphasis on disciplinary codes and regulations rather than on the values of the organisation. One of the things that I did when I became Commissioner was to ask 5,000 members of staff what kind of organisation they wanted to belong to and what should its values be, and that was what we used in terms of the training of our senior officers, the transformational values of an organisation, and I would want to emphasise that it's this aspiration to professional propriety that seems to me to be so important, rather than a set of regulations about what you mustn't do.

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