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Oath of office (including code of conduct)

All elected police and crime commissioners (PCCs) have been required to swear an oath of office in order to be able to take up their duties.

All Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have to swear an ‘oath of office'.

The oath says that a PCC will:

  • serve the people of Devon and Cornwall
  • act with integrity and diligence
  • give a voice to the public
  • ensure transparency of their decisions
  • not interfere with the operational independence of police officers.

The PCC has also signed a code of conduct which is based on the Nolan principles. You can find out more about the Nolan principles on the GOV.UK website.

The code of conduct requires the PCC to disclose their interests including those arising in relation to gifts and hospitality and those of a pecuniary nature. Pecuniary interests are interests that a person has in a matter because they (or their spouse or partner) might gain or lose something. This can include a person’s employment, office, trade, profession or vocation. It can also include any 'sponsorship' of the person, including contributions towards their election expenses, any 'contracts' between the person and the public body, any 'land' the person has an interest in and lies within the area of the public body, any 'licences' the person holds to occupy land in the area, any 'corporate tenancies', and certain 'securities' the person may hold.

If you want to make a complaint or give a compliment about how the PCC has conducted themselves you can find details on our ‘getting in touch’ page.