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Tuesday, 1 October, 2002, 18:56 GMT 19:56 UK
First chief constable swears new oath
Greater Manchester Police HQ
Greater Manchester Police will get an extra beat officer
The first chief constable to be sworn in using a new police oath has begun his job in Greater Manchester.

Michael Todd promised to uphold the rights of all sections of the community.

The oath was introduced as part of efforts to modernise the police through the Police Reform Act.

Previously officers only swore to uphold the rights of British citizens.

Michael Todd
Mr Todd is the first chief constable to swear the oath

Mr Todd, who has come to the force from the Metropolitan Police, has pledged to fight violent crime and gun crime.

He also said he would spend at least four hours a month walking the beat with his officers.

Mr Todd said: "It is certainly one more extra uniformed officer out on the streets.

"I think it is important as chief constable to stay in contact without our staff and to see what they are actually policing and to actually provide some leadership to those officers."

Mr Todd started his career with Essex Police in 1976 and has served as both a uniformed officer and as a detective.

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