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A symbolic moment in Derbyshire for the 'voice of the people'

Alan Charles made history in Derbyshire today (Tuesday 20 Nov) when, as the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, he swore the Declaration of Acceptance of Office.

The Declaration was made in the presence of Celia Cox JP, at Butterley Hall, which stands in Police Headquarters in Ripley.

All 41 PCCs in England and Wales are asked to swear this Declaration. It reflects the commitment police officers make to serve every member of the public impartially.

Alan Charles spoke today of his pride in being the first Police Commissioner for Derbyshire, and  his appreciation of the part he has been asked to play in the history of policing. “I am honoured by the trust that has been placed in me by my supporters, particularly because the introduction of this role heralds a completely new era in seeking to ensure that we are protected from crime and disorder.

“I am very happy to sign the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of impartiality because it reflects the way that I have worked for 20 years as a member of Derbyshire County Council, and it is how every Member of Parliament works.”

With his work as a ‘voice for the people’ already underway, he promised: “I will serve every resident of Derbyshire, irrespective of any political allegiance.

“I want to be accessible to the public and will continue to visit all areas of the county to discover the different community safety issues they face.  I want people to feel they can contact me sure in the knowledge that I will listen and, more importantly, do what I say I will do in response.”

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Posted on Tuesday 20th November 2012
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