Shaun Sawyer endorsed as Chief Constable
SHAUN Sawyer was confirmed as the new Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police on Friday.
Mr Sawyer, who has been acting in the role since March 2012, was selected by Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg as his preferred candidate last month.
He was said to be the "unanimous choice" to take the key post after interviews with five candidates.
However, his appointment was subject to confirmation from the Police and Crime Panel, which is tasked with holding Mr Hogg, and his decisions, to account.
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Mr Sawyer, who started his policing career in 1986, was yesterday quizzed by members over his leadership and strategy for the force.
"I am a police officer and a police constable at heart, I just happen to be in a very senior position,"
Mr Sawyer told the meeting. "I believe in what we are all trying to achieve. I believe that the men and women of Devon and Cornwall Police are absolutely heroic and deserve to be well led.
"Whether I am good enough? I would like to prove that to them."
The committee confirmed Mr Sawyer's appointment after the meeting went into a short private session. The decision was unanimous. Panel chairman Devon County councillor Roger Croad said: "I am confident that with Mr Sawyer's expertise and leadership he will continue to provide an excellent policing service."
Mr Sawyer, who has previously admitted the force faces "real challenges" in the light of budget cuts, will be appointed on a five-year contract and be paid £151,000 a year.