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Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes on the appointment of new Chief Constable Alan Pughsley.
Kent's new Chief Constable Alan Pughsley talks to Derek Johnson about the challenges of running a police force which has to find another £20 million in budget savings. The force has already shed 500 staff members in the face of public sector cuts.
We also spoke to people in Maidstone and put their views and concerns directly to Mr Pughsley.
Kent's new Chief Constable says ongoing cuts to the force will not impact on the quality of policing.
Chief Constable Alan Pughsley admits the loss of five hundred staff due to budget reductions will mean that not every crime victim will receive a visit from an officer - but he says that the police will continue to be efficient and pro-active.
Safer streets, a better relationship with young people, more bobbies on the beat and tackling drug crime.
Just a few of the things people on the streets of Maidstone told us they'd like the new chief constable of Kent to tackle as he takes up his new post. .
They've been talking with ITV Meridian's, Derek Johnson