Re-elected Merseyside PCC takes Oath of Office

Emily Spurrell has taken her official Oath of Office 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, 4 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 on Thursday, 9 May, 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 today as we start work together on our shared priorities to keep Merseyside safe.”

Image: Emily Spurrell

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