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Thursday, 16 Aug 2012
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will be required to swear an oath of impartiality before taking office in November.
The oath is designed to provide a platform for PCCs to set out publicly their commitment to tackling their new role with integrity.
It will also echo the commitment police officers make to serve every member of the public impartially, while at the same time recognising the importance of the operational independence of the police service.
The Home Office consulted on the wording of the oath below with the police and candidates, with the final wording to be confirmed prior to elections on 15 November.
Police and crime commissioner oath
Full Name of Place do solemnly and sincerely promise that I will serve all the people of Police Force Area in the office of police and crime commissioner without fear or favour.
I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public.
I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice.
I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decisions, so that I may be properly held to account by the public.
I will not seek to influence or prevent any lawful and reasonable investigation or arrest, nor encourage any police action save that which is lawful and justified within the bounds of this office.
The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Declaration of Acceptance of Office) Order 2012