Kent Police Specials have posted on social media that their latest intake have taken their first Attestation. The 20 new Specials took their first Attestation last night at a secret location in Kent. It’s only a secret because they didn’t disclose where it was!
For those not familiar with police procedure, an Attestation is an oath taken by a constable in England and Wales or in Northern Ireland and annotated as such in a relevant Act. In Scotland a constable is required to make a “declaration”. Members of the police Service are attested under section 29 of the Police Act 1996.
The oath states “I (name) …of (police force)… 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”.
Their 2nd Attestation is due to take place soon. Congratulations to those taking part and we look forward to seeing you patrolling street in Kent soon.
Although the evening was said to be COVID secure, I don’t rate the chances of the people sitting on the front row, if those behind (and less than 2 metres away) have COVID.
Any Health and Safety official would also have a fit if they found bags and drinks being left on the stairs – what are they thinking!