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New Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough pledges commitment to communities

CAMBRIDGESHIRE and Peterborough’s new Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Darryl Preston, has today (Thursday 13th May) pledged his commitment to being the voice of the people across the county, to provide a vital link between communities and the police, and to hold Cambridgeshire Constabulary to account.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Darryl Preston signing the oath with Benjamyn Damazer, JP

Newly elected PCCs are required by law to sign the Oath, (known as the Oath of Acceptance of Office) which sets out publicly their commitment to tackling the role with integrity. Darryl signed the Oath today in the presence of Benjamyn Damazer, JP.

At the same time Darryl also adopted the Code of Ethics for policing to further demonstrate his commitment to people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that he will carry out his role in accordance with the principles and standards of professional behaviour expected of all those within policing.

Darryl was elected as the county’s new PCC following the elections on 6th May and takes over from Acting PCC, Ray Bisby who decided not to stand for re-election. 

On signing the Oath, Darryl said: “I am delighted to have formalised my commitment to represent everyone living and working in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and look forward to working with partners to cut crime, support victims and keep all of our communities safe.

“Most importantly, I will listen to the concerns of the residents of our great county and support the police to act on those concerns.

“As I take up office, I would like to thank Ray for all his hard work in keeping us safe, and wish him well in the future.”

Darryl spent his first day meeting staff at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable, Nick Dean.

Chief Constable, Nick Dean added: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to Darryl and look forward to working with him.”

Mr Preston has served as both a front-line and neighbourhood police officer for 30 years (10 years in the Metropolitan Police and 20 years in Cambridgeshire). After retiring from the force, he joined the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners as a senior official where he developed strategic positions and lobbied Government on topics such as serious violence, economic crime and sexual offences legislation.

Darryl lives in Ely with his family.