Every Police and Crime Commissioner in England and Wales must swear an Oath of Impartiality. The oath is designed to provide a platform for Commissioners 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 service.
The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has signed the oath below:
I Shaun Wright of Rotherham do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for the South Yorkshire Police Area.
In making this declaration, I solemnly and sincerely promise that during my term of office:
I will serve all the people of the South Yorkshire Police Area 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.