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Cornwall Facing Almost A Year Without A Top Cop
3:35pm 19th January 2012
(Updated 3:35pm 19th January 2012)
Cornwall could be without a top cop for a year.
Chief Constable Stephen Otter is leaving, to take up a post with Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary.
But the government has said no police force can appoint a replacement, until the crime commissioner has been elected.
That will not happen until November.
Mr Otter's Deputy Shaun Sawyer will take over in the meantime: "There will be continuity because there won't be a new person arriving who doesn't know the force. Shaun knows the force really well. You know, I'm very confident that somebody very talented will comes to Devon and Cornwall. It's a great force. It has great people in it, who, I have to say, are doing a great job.
He adds he is confident the force can continue to weather cuts, despite the change: "These are people I work really closely with now. They have the capability to continue, and we've worked very hard in the force to build a leadership capability across a much broader range of people than just me."
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