Phoenix officers retake oaths of office


by The Associated Press

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 6:38 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 7 at 10:19 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Some Phoenix police officers will retake their oaths of office Thursday as part of a new policy by Police Chief Daniel Garcia that's aimed at reminding officers of their responsibility to the community.

Members of the police department ranging from the police chief to rank-and-file officers will have the opportunity to take the oath every January.

When taking the oath, officers swear to support the laws and Constitution and defend against all enemies.

Some officers feel it's not necessary for them to reaffirm their commitment to protect the city.

Phoenix Police Department 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 all 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.