In order to fulfil the role, the incoming Police & Crime Commissioner must swear an Oath of Office.
The text below is taken from the Oath, signed by PCC Barry Coppinger in the presence of Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of Stockton Council and Designated Appropriate Office for the Cleveland Police Area.
"I, John Barry Coppinger of Cleveland, do hereby declare that I accept the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Cleveland Police area.
In making this declaration, I solemnly promise that during my term of office:
I will serve all the people of Cleveland in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
I will act with integrity and diligence in my role and, to the best of my ability, will execute the duties of my office to ensure that the police are able to cut crime and protect the public.
I will give a voice to the public, especially victims of crime, and work with other services to ensure the safety of the community and effective criminal justice.
I will take all steps within my power to ensure transparency of my decision, so that I may be properly held to account by the public.
I will not interfere with the operational independence of police officers."