Details of new police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire’s oath revealed
PUBLISHED: 10:08 20 August 2012
HERTFORDSHIRE’S new police and crime commissioner (PCC) will be required to pledge an oath to represent “all sections of the public without fear or favour”.
So whoever wins between the contenders in Hertfordshire, whether it be Tory candidate David Lloyd, Lib Dem Ron Tindall, Labour’s Sherma Batson or a non-aligned candidate, they will have to set out publicly their commitment to tackling their new role with integrity.
It will also echo 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.
Elections will take place in Hertfordshire and the other 40 force areas in England and Wales on November 15.
Part of the oath commits candidates not to “seek to influence or prevent any lawful and reasonable investigation or arrest, nor encourage any police action save that which is lawful and justified within the bounds of this office”.
Nick Herbert, Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice, said: “Police and crime commissioners will be important public servants and it is right that they make a formal public commitment to the communities they will serve.
“Although police and crime commissioners may stand for a political party, the public will expect them to represent all the people in their area impartially, without fear or favour.”
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