Welcome to the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel Website

The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel scrutinises and supports the work of the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.

Made up of 14 councillors and 3 Independent Members, we represent the residents of the 9 local authorities in the force area – Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Mendip, North Somerset, Sedgemoor, Somerset County, Somerset West and Taunton, South Gloucestershire and South Somerset.

Next panel meeting

Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 10.30am. Venue to be confirmed and subject to government announcement on 19th July 2021. 

The Agenda and reports will be available here to download 5 clear working days before the meeting. You can also access previous papers here.

Over the past year, meetings have been conducted in a manner that complied with the relevant statutory regulations relating to the conduct of “remote meetings”. In this respect, meetings were conducted virtually between Panel Members, the PCC, officers from the Host Authority and officers from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Government has now confirmed that it will not be extending the virtual meeting regulations beyond 7th May 2021 and instead will be consulting on primary legislation to come forward later in the year. This will mean that from 7th May 2021, physical public meetings will return until any new primary legislation is agreed.

The meeting will be arranged in compliance with government restrictions and guidance on public safety as they apply at the time of publication of the papers. This may affect the number of people who can attend the meeting.

Please click on the Meetings tab at the top of the page to see future meeting dates.

Confirmatory Hearings 

The Panel confirmed the appointment of Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew to the position of Temporary Chief Constable at the AGM on 24th June 2021, pending recruitment to the substantive position.

Further Confirmatory Hearings will be held this year for the following senior positions in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Constabulary – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Constable and Chief Financial Officer. Dates for these hearings are as follows:-

  • 22nd September 2021 10.30am (Confirmatory Hearing Chief of Staff)
  • 26th October 2021 10.30am (Confirmatory Hearings Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Financial Officer)
  • TBC – Confirmatory Hearing – Chief Constable



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