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Police Officer Oath (298A/21)


I am writing to you for some clarification please in regards to Police Officer’s holding the office of constable.

I have read “The office of Constable; The bedrock of modern day policing, by John Apter” on the police federations website and it has raised some questions.

Please can you tell me if every Police Officer within your police force holds the Office of Constable? That is, has every police officer, sworn the following oath?

“I do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly service 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”

If there is a variation of this oath, for say officers who do not hold the office of constable, and may be employees of a company carrying out police officer duties, what is that oath?

If there is a difference between police officers having sworn said oath, can you tell me the name and badge number of every office holding the office of constable within your force and what the ratio to those who haven’t please?

Do police forces, in any instant, use “hired help” such as security firms or employees of limited liability companies, and allow them dress in police uniforms and enforce the law? What safeguards and protocols are in place to protect the public ifso?

What does it mean, to be policed by consent, I quote from the above referenced document: “The office of constable is fundamental to our system of politically independent policing by consent”.

In addition, can police officers holding the office of constable, and/or any other police officer/employee potentially impersonating a police constable, enforce legislation, acts and statutes?


Please find attached our response.