New chief constable receives a welcome
POLICE and crime commissioner Tony Hogg has joined city councillors in welcoming the force's new Chief Constable.
The new top cop for Devon and Cornwall, Shaun Sawyer was the "unanimous choice" to take the job.
The force said he triumphed over four other candidates after acting in the role since March 2012.
Mr Sawyer said his number one priority was to make the Westcountry the "safest place" to live and work in the country.
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He started his policing career in 1986 and will be offered a five-year contract and will be paid £151,000 a year in his new permanent role.
Mr Sawyer admitted the force faced "real challenges", with much-publicised budget cuts and low morale among policemen.
But he added: "Our determination to deliver hard-nosed crime-fighting remains, but we also need to create the communities in which to do that."
Mr Hogg, Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner, described the selection of chief constable as his "top priority".
City councillors joined Mr Hogg and the rest of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel in backing Mr Sawyer's appointment yesterday.