Jane's Oath

Jane Kennedy took her first oath of office as Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner at a ceremony on Thursday, 22nd November, 2012.

 She re-took the oath on Thursday May 12th, 2016, after being re-elected to serve a second term as Commissioner.

The oath commits the commissioner to represent all sections of society, to work to cut criminal offences and to give a voice to victims of crime.

The declaration is also an important symbol of the Police Commissioner's open and transparent approach and the aim of being truly accountable to the public.

The Declaration of Acceptance of Oath 2016

Please find the full oath taken by Jane in May 2016 below.

"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 taking the oath:


The Declaration of Acceptance of Office 2012

Please find the full oath taken by Jane in November 2012 below:

“I do solemnly and sincerely promise that I will serve all the people of Merseyside 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.”

Watch Jane taking the oath below:

Find out more about Jane's Priorities since taking office.