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Well, my hope is that if a leak occurred that affected the mission of the organisation, I would be told. I did try and scan the media as much as one can, and I did set in motion a research programme to look at how the media were reporting on Surrey through the press department. This didn't all happen simultaneously; this was all part of upgrading our response.

You will understand that as a discipline authority, not everything reaches the Chief Constable, who must sit in judgment of things. So I may have been partially safe from it, but I would have expected and, you know, my sort of -- my concern with the mission of policing and its credibility, that people would have drawn -- my senior staff, my professional standards department -- if there was anything significant, they would have told me. I would have expected that. I was quite an intrusive -- some would call it a pain -- as a Chief Constable, because I was, you know, attempting to change a great deal in the organisation, which actually had acquired territory from London, and upgrade the whole infrastructure of it, as well as handle these inquiries. So I was very interested in sentiment, in that sense -- not everybody initially had been happy, for example, coming from London -- and so I did keep an eye in what was going on.

But I have to say I reflected one leak issue was brought to my attention and there was action on it and I would have absolutely expected that. I really would like to hope that if there had been any pattern, any sustained effort, I would have been told.

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