Following a recent recruitment process, Avon and Somerset Constabulary has appointed Nikki Watson and Sarah Crew to the Chief Officer Group in the role of Assistant Chief Constable.
Nikki Watson will be responsible for the Prevention, Protection and Prosecutions portfolio. Nikki joined Avon and Somerset in 1987 and has served in both uniform and CID roles, developing a good knowledge and understanding of the force and an expertise in operational policing. She was the first female head of the Roads Policing and Firearms Department, prior to taking up the position of Somerset East Commander in 2006. She then became commander of the wider Somerset area in 2013, which covered Somerset and North Somerset areas.
She is an accredited public order commander and has experience of major public and sporting events including the Glastonbury Festival and the 2012 Olympics.
Sarah Crew will take the lead for the Local Policing portfolio. Sarah has 20 years’ experience in both uniformed policing and CID. After patrolling the streets of Bristol in her early career she joined Bristol CID and just two years later headed up central Bristol’s major and serious crime team.
In 2011 she moved to South Gloucestershire as the district commander until May 2013 when she became the lead for the new Operating Model programme within the force.
Acting Chief Constable John Long said, “I am delighted to welcome Nikki and Sarah to their new roles within the Chief Officer Group. Both have a wealth of policing experience, having worked in various roles and teams across the organisation. They are both therefore in the best possible position to lead frontline police officers and police staff in their work with communities and local partners, to help keep the individuals and communities of Avon and Somerset safe and feeling safe.”