Oath of Office
I (state your name), do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and defend them against enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge, the duties of a peace officer, to the best of my ability, so help me God.
Throughout history wherever people have gathered to form societies they have enacted laws to govern these societies. To ensure the safety of those who live there and as long as such laws have existed there have been those who take on the responsibility of enforcing the laws, they are law enforcement officers. The Oath of Office represents a trust between a society and the law enforcement officer. The Oath of Office for Police Officers is the binding representation of this trust; a trust that is a dedication to our policing profession, our fellow officers, the police department, and city and citizens we serve.
The oath is an affirmation of our commitment to our country, state, jurisdiction, and community and an acknowledgment that we are part of a cause that is greater than ourselves. Every Phoenix Police Officer was required to take this oath, administered by a judge, upon graduation from the police academy. The oath of office is extremely important tour profession.
Oaths are considered so important that the first Congress on June 1, 1789 made the first chapter of the first statute an act to regulate the administering of certain oaths. In similarity, the Pledge Allegiance is an oath that many of us learned as children. Today our children like we did recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each school day and many of us regularly open meetings and special events doing the same. While we certainly don’t need to be reminded of our allegiance to our Country, there is great meaning in our consistent and regular reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance; it is a source of pride and honor.
The Phoenix Police Department is one of the finest police organizations in the world. The men and women who serve each day are well aware of their oath of office and we strive to live up to it, both on and off duty. I understand our officers do not need to be reminded of their oath of office, but there is deep meaning in the reaffirmation of this oath annually. It connects us to our history and community.
Today, the Phoenix Police Department begins a new tradition of an annual reaffirmation of the Oath of Office for all Police Officers. Every January, the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department will be asked to participate in a reaffirmation of their oath of office. This process will start with the Chief of Police and the Executive and Command Staff, and each member of the organization will be given an opportunity to take the Oath of Office. This process will continue through each shift until the entire organization has had the opportunity to be a part of this special ceremony. I thank all the officers of the Phoenix Police Department for they are dedication to duty and to the community we serve.
The Oath of Office for Police Officers is our commitment to the community.
Chief Daniel V. Garcia