After an election Police and Crime Commissioners must swear an oath of office before they can take up the role.

Jane Kennedy took her first oath of office as Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner at a ceremony on Thursday, 22nd November, 2012.

She re-took the oath on Thursday May 12th, 2016, after being re-elected to serve a second term as Commissioner.

The declaration is also an important symbol of the Police Commissioner's open and transparent approach and the aim of being truly accountable to the public.

The wording of the oath is set in law by the The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Declaration of Acceptance of Office) Order 2012.

The Declaration of Acceptance of Oath

"I, Jane Elizabeth Kennedy of Merseyside, do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside.

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

“I will serve all the people of Merseyside 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."