Oath of Office

All elected Police and Crime Commissioners have been required to swear an oath of office in order to be able to take up their duties.

Oath of Office

Martyn Underhill was first sworn into office at a ceremony held at Poole Civic Centre on Monday 19 November 2012. Following his re-election, Martyn was sworn in again at a ceremony held at Upton House, Poole on 12 May 2016.

The May 2016 ceremony was overseen by Andrew Flockhart, Chief Executive for the Borough of Poole, and Paul Morris, the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for Dorset.

You can view a signed copy of the Declaration of Acceptance of Office here.

The wording of the oath is as follows:

"I Martyn Underhill do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset.

In making this declaration, I solemnly and sincerely promise that during my term of office:

I will serve all the people of Dorset 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."

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