Emily Spurrell takes her official Oath of Office to mark the start of her second term as PCC

Emily Spurrell taking The Oath Of Office

Emily Spurrell will take her official Oath of Office today (Thursday 9th May) at a ceremony to mark the start of her second term as Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Labour candidate took 61.7% of the vote at the count on Saturday 4th May at the Liverpool Tennis Centre in Wavertree, beating challenges from three other candidates to secure a further four years in office.

Emily will commence her term of office, which officially begins today by taking the Oath of Office. It will be witnessed by the Police Area Returning Office (PARO) Liverpool City Council Chief Executive Andrew Lewis and officiated by the Chair of the Merseyside Bench of Magistrates JP Chris Parry. Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable Serena Kennedy will also attend the short ceremony at Merseyside Police Headquarters, Rose Hill.

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. It commits her to represent all sections of society, to work to cut criminal offences and to give a voice to victims of crime.

The Declaration of Acceptance of Office is also an important symbol of the Police Commissioner’s open and transparent approach, and the aim of being truly accountable to the public.

Emily said: “I am honoured to make this public commitment to the people of Merseyside for the second time today as I officially start my second term as the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

“They have given me their backing to continue in this role for a further four years and, in return, I promise that I will stand by each and every word of the oath.

“Throughout my first three years in office, I was determined to be a visible, proactive Police and Crime Commissioner who tackled the issues that matter most to local people and who stood up for our region.

“The results of last week’s election demonstrates that the public recognise what I have delivered and in return they have backed my plan to continuing fighting crime, providing proactive policing, supporting victims and building safer communities.

"This oath is an important commitment to acting with integrity and diligence in my role and I can’t wait to get started. I’m delighted to be joined by the Chief Constable Serena Kennedy here today as we start work together on our shared priorities to keep Merseyside safe.”

Watch Emily Spurrell take the oath of office

The oath

The Declaration of Acceptance of Office reads:

"I, Emily Spurrell 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."