Police Oath

Section 83 of the Police Reform Act 2002 requires all UK Police officers to swear the following oath of office:

"I, .. .. of .. .. 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."

A police constable swears this oath in a ceremony before a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) who then grants them a Warrant card. The warrant card awards the constable his/her authority - on condition they uphold their sworn oath.