After an election Police and Crime Commissioners must swear an oath of office before they can take up the role.
The wording of the oath is set in law by the The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Declaration of Acceptance of Office) Order 2012. Below is a full transcript of the oath which the PCC, took on 16 May 2016, after being elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington.
I Ron Hogg of Chester-le-Street do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for the Police Area of Durham.
In making this declaration, I solemnly and sincerely promise that during my term of office:
I will serve all the people of the Police Area of Durham in the office of the 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.