THE former acting chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police is to take up the top job permanently.
The new police boss was announced this week as Shaun Sawyer (pictured)– who has been in the role temporarily for almost a year and previously worked as the deputy.
Candidates for the role faced a “test day” this week in their bid to become the permanent leader of the force.
During his career, Mr Sawyer lead the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster in 1999 and has also investigated corruption within the police service.
He also served as the head of counter terrorism within Scotland Yard, with both national and international responsibilities.
He said: “I am delighted to have been selected at this stage to be the new Chief Constable.
“I would like to say how privileged I feel to have been given the opportunity to continue to lead such a dedicated and skilled workforce.
“This is an excellent force and I am proud to have served as both Deputy Chief Constable and temporary Chief Constable over the past few years. The force still faces many challenges but I am confident that through the ongoing hard work and dedication of staff and officers we can continue to drive down crime, protect vulnerable people and provide an excellent policing service.”
The new police boss was revealed by Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg, who has only been in his new role since November last year.
Mr Sawyer was up against three other short-listed candidates, Rob Beckley, Simon Chesterman and Craig Denholm, for the role. The position carries a salary of £150,000 and a five-year contract.
Mr Hogg said he was keen to stabilise the force as much as possible and the appointment was a unanimous one among the five-strong selection panel.
He said “We were extremely pleased by the quality of all the candidates. Shaun Sawyer impressed us tremendously with his clear vision for the future of policing in this area, and I’m very much looking forward to working closely with him.
“Shaun Sawyer and I have already built an excellent working relationship and I’m confident that will develop further in the future with our joint aim of cutting crime. Shaun has already made good progress in this regard since taking temporary charge nearly a year ago.”
The nomination will now need to be approved by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s watchdog, the Police and Crime panel, which will meet on Friday, February 8.
Listen to interviews with Shaun Sawyer and Tony Hogg