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
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
I will not interfere with the operational independence of police