Last month Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Joy Allen swore her official oath of office so she could quickly get to grips with tackling the local communities policing priorities across County Durham and Darlington.

 The oath sets out publicly the PCC’s commitment to serving with integrity and recognises the importance of operational independence of the police service.

 The declaration sworn by the PCC states how she will serve every member of the public impartially and will give a voice to victims of crime, working with services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice.

 The Declaration of Acceptance of Office ensures openness and transparency as well as the aim of being truly accountable to the public.

 PCC Joy Allen said : “The oath I have sworn is an important commitment to the public as I have pledged to give a voice to the community, especially victims of crime and will work with partner services to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public.

 “I will continue to represent the views of the local people and act with integrity and diligence in my role, working on a plan that makes communities safer and more resilient to crime.”

 Joy’s top priorities are dealing with anti-social behaviour and police having a more visible presence on the streets.

 The PCC has had a very productive first few weeks in office and has met with the Chief Constable as well as local MP’s and Neighbourhood Policing Teams to help shape the Police & Crime Plan.

 Read the full transcript of the oath here.