Emily Spurrell has taken her official Oath of Office today at a ceremony to mark the start of her term as Merseyside’s new Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Labour candidate and former Mossley Hill Councillor took 57% of the vote in last week’s elections and was declared as Merseyside’s second Police Commissioner at the count on Saturday at the Liverpool Tennis Centre in Wavertree.
Emily will commence her term of office, which officially begins today (Thursday 13th May) by taking the Oath of Office. It will be witnessed by the Police Area Returning Office (PARO) Liverpool City Council Chief Executive Tony Reeves and officiated by the Chair of the Merseyside Bench of Magistrates JP Carmel Stewart. Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable Serena Kennedy will also attend the short ceremony at Merseyside Police Headquarters at Canning Place.
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 today as I officially start my term as the region’s Police Commissioner.
“Throughout my campaign, I have promised to be a visible and proactive Police Commissioner who focuses on the issues that matter most to local people and, in return, the public have given me their backing to do this important job for the next three years.
“I am committed to doing my very best to connect with local people, to represent their views on policing and community safety issues and be a champion for victims and our communities. This oath is an important commitment to acting with integrity and diligence in my role and I pledge to stand by each and every word of it throughout my three years in office.
“I can’t wait to get started and 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.”