Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley took his oath and swore allegiance to His Majesty The King at a ceremony at New Scotland Yard on 12 September. Sir Mark was formally appointed to the post of Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in July by Her late Majesty the Queen following a recommendation by the Home Secretary.
He was joined by Deputy Commissioner Dame Lynne Owens who also took her oath and swore allegiance to His Majesty the King.
Under UK law, all serving police officers must take the oath, also known as an attestation, in which they swear to “well and truly serve the King in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people.”
Speaking after his attestation, Sir Mark said, “I join the nation in sorrow at the death of Her late Majesty The Queen and share my condolences with His Majesty The King and The Royal Family. Her late Majesty’s unstinting public service, stoicism in times of turbulence and dedication to the people she served has shaped our nation immensely.
“As your new Commissioner, I have sworn an oath to serve with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality. In the next two weeks, I have two priorities. I will lead a Met that enables Londoners and visitors from all over the world to safely pay their respects to Her late Majesty The Queen.
“Second, as we continue to police local communities, we will begin the journey of reform to renew policing by consent. Through my leadership, I am determined to bring more trust, less crime and high standards, and build trust and confidence in our police service once more.”