Police Chief Daniel Garcia talks about new tradition of retaking oath of office

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Tess Rafols

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

PHOENIX -- 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.

Garcia told 3TV's Tess Rafols about the new tradition less than two hours before the 8:30 a.m. special ceremony took place.

"I believe Phoenix will be the first department in the United States to do this," he said. "To me this is a spirit of service that our officers can showcase to our citizens their dedication to not only the policing profession, the Phoenix Police Department, the city of Phoenix, but to the citizens we serve of our dedication to duty."

The oath of office is usually administered to new officers and then never repeated. Now officers will be able to reaffirm that oath every January.

Garcia said he believes reaffirming the oath will become a new tradition that will spread to law-enforcement agencies across the country.

"We're re-dedicating ourselves to the duties we do as a policing profession to the city of Phoenix and the citizens of Phoenix," he said.

As officers start their shifts throughout the day, they will be given the opportunity to retake their oath of office. 

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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