Plymouth's new police boss is confirmed as Shaun Sawyer
THE new top cop for the Plymouth area has been confirmed this morning.
Shaun Sawyer, who has been Acting Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, will take up the role on a permanent basis.
Confirmation of his appointment came this morning when the force's Police and Crime Panel met in the city.
Mr Sawyer was the panel's "unanimous chouce" to take the top job over four other candidates during the selection process.
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He has been acting in the role since March 2012.
Mr Sawyer, who started his policing career in 1986, will be offered a five-year contract subject to a confirmation hearing, and will be paid £151,000 a year.
He admitted the force faces "real challenges" with budget cuts and low morale, but said: "Our determination to deliver hard-nosed crime-fighting remains, but we also need to create the communities in which to do that."
Tony Hogg, Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner, previously described the selection of chief constable as his "top priority".
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