Jane Kennedy will take her official oath of office today at a ceremony to mark the start of her second term of office as Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Former Broadgreen and Wavertree MP Jane secured a further four years in office after receiving 61.7% of the votes in last week’s elections.
Jane will commence her second term which officially begins today (Thursday 12th May) by taking the oath which commits her to represent all sections of society, to work to cut criminal offences and to give a voice to victims of crime at her office at Allerton Police Station on Rose Lane.
The oath is designed to provide a platform for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to set out publicly their commitment to serving with integrity. The declaration echoes 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 Declaration of Acceptance of Office is also an important symbol of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s open and transparent approach, and the aim of being truly accountable to the public.
Jane said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to make this public commitment to the people of Merseyside for the second time.
“They have given me their backing to continue in this role for a further four years and I promise them in return that I will continue to do my best to stand by each and every word of the oath.
“I have worked over the last three-and-a-half years to do the best for our communities, for victims of crime, and for Merseyside Police. The results of last week’s election demonstrates that the public recognise this and want me to continue to act as their voice on policing, crime and community safety issues on Merseyside.”
The ceremony will be witnessed by the Chair of the Sefton Bench of Magistrates Anthony Edgerton in accordance with the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
The Declaration of Acceptance of Office
The oath of office reads:
"I, Jane Elizabeth Kennedy of Merseyside, do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside.
“In making this declaration, I solemnly and sincerely promise that during my term of office:
“I will serve all the people of Merseyside in the office of Police and Crime Commissioner.
“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 interfere with the operational independence of police officers."
Watch Jane Kennedy making the declaration below:
The full results of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside election can be found here