THE new Thames Valley chief constable says he will continue to tackle traditional crimes while being innovative at the same time
THE new Thames Valley chief constable says he will continue to tackle traditional crimes while being innovative at the same time.
Francis Habgood began work today following his appointment by police crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld.
He had been deputy chief constable since 2008 having joined Thames Valley Policell years ago from West Yorkshire Police in 2004.
Mr Habgood said: "I do not underestimate the challenges ahead but I look forward to building on our successes, particularly the high levels of public satisfaction and reductions in crime.
"I have a clear vision for the future that will ensure the residents of the Thames Valley have a police service that is innovative and fit for purpose to meet their needs.
"We cannot do this alone but need to work with our partners/other services and, most importantly, our local communities. I set great store by local policing. Over the coming months I plan to visit all local police areas, meet with partners and listen to their views and concerns of local people.
"We will maintain a focus on traditional crimes such as burglary and the huge impact these have on the individuals involved, while combating new and emerging challenges such as cyber-crime.
"I acknowledge there is a financial challenge ahead - we have already saved £58 million in the last four years while protecting front-line policing.
We will continue to take an innovative approach to meet this challenge, looking at new ways of working including embracing the advances digital working brings."
Mr Hapgood has succeeded Sara Thornton, who now chairs the National Police Chiefs Council.