Martyn Underhill Sworn in for Second Term as Dorset PCC
Martyn Underhill has been officially sworn in as Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner following a ceremony at Upton House, Poole.
An event was held today by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Borough of Poole to allow the PCC to make his Oath of Office. The ceremony was attended by local dignitaries including the High Sherriff, Sir Phillip Williams, Cllr Ann Stribley, Mayor of Poole and members of the Police and Crime Panel.
Mr Underhill, the Independent candidate, was re-elected on 6 May with a total 66,660 votes, taking into account the first and second stage voting process, when Dorset residents went to the ballot box to elect their Commissioner.
A total 129,461 votes were cast, giving an overall turnout of 22.54% - an increase on the 16.77% turnout during the inaugural 2012 elections.
Martyn said: “I would like to thank the people of Dorset for placing their trust in me to continue to ensure that Dorset benefits from an efficient and effective police service. We have made significant progress during my first term with a police force judged as ‘good’ in most areas of policing by the independent inspectorate.”
“I have guided the force through unprecedented cuts of £18m to the policing budget during my first term, whilst introducing a new IT system to modernise policing and equip officers with the necessary tools to be more visible in our communities.
“Whilst we’ve made significant progress, there is still much work to do and I will continue to work hard with the Chief Constable to reduce crime, improve community safety and most importantly, represent Dorset residents’ views in policing and crime, independent of party politics.”
“I have big ambitions for my next term to build upon the good work that has been achieved so far. I want to place a greater focus on the prevention of casualties on our roads, provide greater support to our marine and rural communities as well as reduce the number of victims of crime and reoffending rates, protecting those members of our community that are most at risk.”
Debbie Simpson, Chief Constable of Dorset Police said: “I would like to welcome Martyn back to his role as Police and Crime Commissioner. We have worked together over his previous term to deal with the many challenges that the force has had to face, while keeping the public at the heart of our decisions. I look forward to working with Martyn and his team over the next term to continue making Dorset a safe place to live, work and visit.”
The wording of the oath of office 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.