A NEW policing commander has vowed to continue to drive down crime in the wake of massive budget cuts.
Chief Inspector James Fulton has been appointed head of the newly-created Winchester and East Hampshire policing area.
The northern policing district has been set up as Hampshire Constabulary battles to save £50m by 2015 due to government spending cuts.
Chief Inspector Fulton said: ‘These are challenging times but I have inherited a team of officers, staff, specials and volunteers who are committed to catching criminals, reducing crime, being an active presence in every neighbourhood and protecting the vulnerable.’
He will focus on rural crime as well as quality of life issues such as anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, and bringing down burglary, vehicle and violent crime.