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Listen: Bristol Unpacked with the new sheriff in town, Chief Constable Sarah Crew on crime, protest and if the police can be an “anti-sexist and anti-racist” force

With Bristol likely to continue to be at the forefront of protest as well as other criminal justice issues, time will tell how Crew’s “citizens in uniform” interact with the rest of the city.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Bristol has found itself at the centre of national and even international conversations about policing, protest and criminal justice. At the top of the police chain of command is the Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset (ASP). The force covers approximately 1.7 million people across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 

And now there is a new sheriff in town. After a selection process led by Mark Shelford, the elected Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, Sarah Crew was appointed Chief Constable in November 2021. 

So who is Crew and how will she handle this powerful and influential role, and deal with the diversity of policing issues in the region? 

In an interview on Bristol Unpacked, the Cable’s podcast, Crew chatted with Neil Maggs about challenges, priorities and controversies for the force – from protests, to sexual violence and the war on drugs.

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