HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - The Hampton Police Division has a new chief.
Chief Terry Sult was sworn in Monday during a ceremony at City Hall.
Sult comes to Hampton from Sandy Springs,Georgia, where he served as police chief and public safety director. He has 35 years of experience in law enforcement.
Hampton officials told WAVY.com this is the first time in decades the City has hired a chief from outside the police division.
The change of command is a culmination of a difficult transition period for the department.
Hampton's former police chief, Chuck Jordan, resigned in November amid allegations officers mismanaged money during an undercover sting.
WAVY.com asked Chief Sult to address the challenges within the department.
"The officers are resilient," said Chief Sult. "They are high quality people and they are ready to move forward and evolve."
Another immediate challenge the new chief will face is the unusually high number of homicides in Hampton this year. The number of homicides sits at 18.
"The problems are complex," said Chief Sult. "They are not easy fixes. It is going to take the community to make that happen."
Community policing is Chief Sult's main focus.
"In the ideal world, you call 911, and you would recognize at least one officer that comes to the door," said Chief Sult. "That's the simplest explanation I can give."
WAVY.com asked Hampton residents if they are familiar with the officers assigned to their neighborhoods.
"I don't know their names, but I see the same officers everyday," said Kristy Baker, a Hampton resident.
It's a good start to what Chief Sult hopes will be a long career in his new Hampton home.
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