NEW Hampshire police chief constable Andy Marsh faced a grilling – on a social media webchat.
The new chief, who replaced Alex Marshall last week, took to Facebook to answer questions from the public.
During the chat, which lasted more than an hour, he said his main focus is ‘tackling violent crime’ and ‘improving services offered to victims’.
Questions included police force recruitment, dealing with fixed penalty notices, and racist crime.
He said: ‘Locking up dangerous criminals helps keep our communities safe, provides a deterrent and serves as punishment but this is only part of what we do to bring people to justice and prevent reoffending.
‘We are working hard to intervene early to deter people from a lifetime of crime.
‘We have maintained recruitment of PCSOs to stay up to full strength and we are training about 60 new police officers this year. We recruit mainly via the special constabulary.
‘We issue thousands of fixed penalty notices to people using their phones while driving each year. I do regard this as one of the four main causes of collisions so take this very seriously.’