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.
REMEMBER this if the Police ever turn up at your door with bailiffs, debt collectors or TV licence goons. Ask them if they are here under their Oath and if they reply “yes” tell them they are here to uphold common law and they must be impartial and prevent a breach of the peace.
Inform them that this is a civil matter and unless a breach of the peace takes place could you please be impartial and take no sides.
Watch the below video below through to the end. It contains lots of useful information and one of the best Police character arcs I’ve seen in a while.