The media talks about police officers being 'sworn in'- what do they swear and does it have to be to a god? -MC


Police in Victoria, also conveniently known as Victoria Police have a choice when taking their oath of office.  They can choose to swear to a god or make an affirmation which is just a fancy name for a promise to uphold their word without appealing to any god.  They're both just as important and binding as each other.

In Victoria we also have protective service officers which are a bit like Victoria Police- lite.  They patrol parliamentary buildings and train stations. These are their respective oaths as per the Victoria Police Act 2013 (Vic).

You'll notice that it doesn't make provision for when the officers are 'on duty' or not, so effectively they have to promote and uphold their oath of office at all times not just when they're working- a tough gig! 

OATH OR AFFIRMATION FOR POLICE OFFICERS

I [ insert name ] [ swear by Almighty God/do solemnly and sincerely affirm ] that I will well and truly serve our Sovereign Lady the Queen as a police officer in Victoria in any capacity in which I may be appointed, promoted, or reduced to, without favour or affection, malice or ill-will for the period of [ insert period ] from this date, and until I am legally discharged, that I will see and cause Her Majesty's peace to be kept and preserved, and that I will prevent to the best of my power all offences, and that while I continue to be a police officer I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties legally imposed on me faithfully and according to law.

OATH OR AFFIRMATION FOR PROTECTIVE SERVICES OFFICERS

I [ insert name ] [ swear by Almighty God/do solemnly and sincerely affirm ] that I will well and truly serve our Sovereign Lady the Queen as a protective services officer in Victoria, without favour or affection, malice or ill-will, that I will see and cause Her Majesty's peace to be kept and preserved, and that I will prevent to the best of my power all offences, and that while I continue to be a protective services officer I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties legally imposed on me faithfully and according to law.

OATH OR AFFIRMATION FOR SPECIAL CONSTABLES

I [ insert name ] [ swear by Almighty God/do solemnly and sincerely affirm ] that I will well and truly serve our Sovereign Lady the Queen as a special constable in Victoria, without favour or affection, malice or ill-will, that I will see and cause Her Majesty's peace to be kept and preserved, and that I will prevent to the best of my power all offences, and that while I continue to be a special constable I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties legally imposed on me faithfully and according to law.

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