New police district commander is on home ground

Chief Superintendent Sarah Crew, District Commander of South Gloucestershire.

Chief Superintendent Sarah Crew has been confirmed as the South Gloucestershire Police District Commander.

C/Supt Crew has been in the role since November 2011, when C/Supt Andy Francis left the post after seven years to run Avon and Somerset Police’s communications centre.

Born and bred in South Gloucestershire, C/Supt Crew has 17 years’ experience in both uniformed policing and CID.

After patrolling the streets of Bristol, she was promoted to sergeant just in time to be on duty on Millennium Eve.

In 2001 she joined Bristol CID and just two years later became the detective inspector heading up central Bristol’s major and serious crime team.

On promotion to detective chief inspector in 2004, she took up a role at police HQ and became the force lead for rape investigation, championing The Bridge, a victim-focused treatment and support centre for victims of sexual violence and launching a dedicated investigative team for rape and serious sexual offences in Bristol.

More recently she has supported the introduction of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors to support victims.

In 2009 she was appointed detective superintendent in charge of Bristol CID.

C/Supt Crew said:

“I am really proud to have been part of the team working to tackle sexual violence. There has been a lot of hard work alongside partners in other agencies and the voluntary sector to improve the service we give victims and now other forces are looking at us as best practice.”

“Leading murder enquiries and other serious crime investigations has also had quite an impact for me personally.”

“As the district commander I want to build on the work that’s already been done by my predecessors and continue to deliver a high quality policing service to the people of South Gloucestershire and reduce crime and disorder still further.”

“Although we are all facing challenging times, I think that by working in partnership with communities and with other agencies, we can make South Gloucestershire an even safer place to live, work and visit. South Gloucestershire is my home so I feel I have an extra responsibility to make sure it stays safe.”

Outside work, Sarah enjoys getting outside to run or walk the dog as well as exercising her mind with reading.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police