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After successfully being re-elected as the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, John Campion was officially sworn into office today.

Megan Harrison, Chair of the Bench in Worcestershire, officiated the ceremony which, to adhere to Covid restrictions, was broadcast live on Facebook.

PCC John Campion set out his vision for the next three years, which builds on the successes from his previous term. He is committed to ensuring communities are at the heart of policing and they feel safe, and are safe, where they live and work.

He said: “The day after I re-elected I was straight back into the office eager to carry on. However, to be sworn in allows me to make an official declaration that outlines the commitments I will make whilst in office.

“I once again thank the communities of West Mercia for backing me and trusting that I will continue to put them at the very heart of the decisions I make on behalf of them.”

Police and Crime Commissioner oath:

I, John-Paul Campion of Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Do hereby declare that I accept the office of Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia.

In making this declaration, I solemnly and sincerely promise that during my term of office:

I will serve all the people of West Mercia 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 operation independence of police officers.

Issued on: Friday 14th May 2021