PCC to witness new Chief reaffirm his oath

Merseyside / July 12

Merseyside's Police Commissioner will tonight witness the Force's new Chief Constable reaffirm his oath to serve the communities of Merseyside.

Chief Constable Andy Cooke will be joining up with 20 new recruits to retake the oath he originally made to the public 31 years ago.

The affirmation will be received by the Commissioner Jane Kennedy as the ceremony at Merseyside Police Headquarters in Canning Place.

Following his appointment as Chief Constable, Mr Cooke, decided that he would reaffirm his commitment to the public of Merseyside by retaking the oath.

Chief Constable Cooke, said: "I am exceptionally proud of my roots and it is a huge honour for me to be the Chief Constable of the force in charge of policing the area where I grew up. My family, including my parents who were at my first attestation 31 years ago, will be at the ceremony to watch me retake the oath.

"When I first started I just wanted to be a police officer and to keep communities safe. I never imagined that one day I would be in charge of the whole force.

"Today, my ambition to protect our local communities is as strong as it ever was and that it is why I wanted to reaffirm my oath and my promise to the people of Merseyside.

"I'm delighted to be joining our latest recruits, who are starting out on their career in policing and I hope that they find the job as rewarding as I have. I have loved every minute of my career and I can't think of any other job which would have given me the same job satisfaction that I have had over the years."

Mr Cooke will be joining 20 new recruits, who form part of the latest intake of 200 new officers to join the force.