Shortlands Residents Association

Summer Newsletter

Shortlands Ward Dedicated Ward Officers (DWO)

Question No: 2018/0719

Gareth Bacon

Will you honour your pledge to have at least two DWOs in each ward and reverse the decision to reduce this to one in the Shortlands Ward in Bromley?

The Mayor

I am committed to ensuring that all 629 wards in London have at least two Dedicated Ward Officers (DWOs) and a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).

The Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) has raised your concerns regarding Shortlands ward with the new South Area Basic Command Unit (BCU) Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe.

Mr Boothe has given his assurance that he is committed to maintaining two DWOs on the Shortlands ward and that a recruitment process is underway to fill the current vacancy. I understand that Mr Boothe has met with you directly to discuss the matter and provide reassurance.

As with any human resource there will inevitably be vacancies due to normal personnel turnover. A post may be temporarily vacant due to retirement, resignation, sick leave, maternity leave, promotion or redeployment to another part of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). When this happens the MPS has committed to refilling these posts as quickly as possible.