PCC takes oath of office

The newly elected West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones has taken the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of office with Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council and Police Area Returning Office for the West Midlands.

Bob will formally take office on 22 November 2012.  West Midlands Police Authority, the local governing body for policing, will cease to exist at 00.01 on Thursday 22 November 2012, giving way to the new West Midlands Office for Policing and Crime, headed by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Forty-one police authorities across the country will cease to exist at the same time, ushering in a new era in local policing governance.  At the moment the police authorities are abolished, the Police and Crime Commissioners and the Chief Constables will each become legally separate "corporations sole".

Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for securing an efficient and effective police force in their area.  Their principal duties are:

  • Setting the objectives and priorities for policing in their area through a Police and Crime Plan
  • Deciding the budget for West Midlands Police, including setting the precept - the part of council tax that goes to policing
  • Holding the Chief Constable to account, including the power to dismiss the Chief Constable

The wording of the oath is as follows:

"I Bob Jones do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.

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

I will serve all the people of the West Midlands 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."