Police Oath/Attestation

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Researching....

Subsection 83 of the Police Reform Act 2002. As taken from

http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/content.asp...

"Attestation of constables For Schedule 4 to the 1996 Act there shall be substituted "SCHEDULE 4 Form of Declaration

’I..JOHN..................of....PAFFVETT................do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offences against people and property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will, to the best of my skill and knowledge, discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.’"

Paragraph 83 is effectively changing prior statute. I'm now curious as to what the Police Act of 1996 said in regard to the "oath" or "attestation". Online references to the 1996 Act have been updated to reflect the change bought about by the Police Reform Act of 2002, but I cannot find what was originally placed within the Act of 1996.

Nice of you to furnish me with a link to it.

Yours faithfully,

John Paffvett

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

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Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2012090001309

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by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 08/09/2012.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

"Researching....    

Subsection 83 of the Police Reform Act 2002. As taken from

http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/content.asp...    

"Attestation of constables For Schedule 4 to the 1996 Act there shall be
substituted "SCHEDULE 4 Form of Declaration    
’I..JOHN..................of....PAFFVETT................do solemnly and
sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in
the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and
impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal
respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the
peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offences against people and
property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will, to the
best of my skill and knowledge, discharge all the duties thereof
faithfully according to law.’"    

Paragraph 83 is effectively changing prior statute. I'm now curious as to
what the Police Act of 1996 said in regard to the "oath" or "attestation".
Online references to the 1996 Act have been updated to reflect the change
bought about by the Police Reform Act of 2002, but I cannot find what was
originally placed within the Act of 1996.    

Nice of you to furnish me with a link to it. . "

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Mike Williams left an annotation ()

I suggest you view the original Police Act 1996 - Schedule 4, as enacted:
"I, ... ... ... ... of ... ... ... ... do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve Our Sovereign Lady the Queen in the office of constable, without favour or affection, malice or ill will; and that I will to the best of my power cause the peace to be kept and preserved, and prevent all offences against the persons and properties of Her Majesty’s subjects; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law."

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996...

John Paffvett left an annotation ()

A great many thanks Mike, strange you had this info and they did not shame on them. :-)

Richard Card left an annotation ()

There is an interesting aspect of the Constable Oath. It relates to whilst I hold such office.

The office is that of independent ministerial officer of the Crown. This is the Office of Constable not to be confused with the rank of constable.

The office of constable is held unto death. It is one of our greatest safeguards. Supposing a police constable finds himself investigating his own Chief constable for colluding with Home Office to obstruct an HM Coroner and to lie to a Commonwealth counmtry police and govt.

The Chief constable contrives to end the police constables employ with his force. But the constable remains a constable with a constable power of arrest and so on.

Suppose some years latest the constable working in a civilian job discovers new evidence. The constitution guarentees his access to Court to discharge his duty. But Govt law officers use public interest custodianship in secret to prevent his access to judiciary.

This is a real case and reckoned to be the most important police constitutional case since 1829. Does a constable answer to govt in secret or to open Court by Crown authority.

Very important and Dominic Grieve Attorney General is considering what position he in his turn will take.

Best wishes Richard

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