I am writing to update you on our recent decision to increase the number of Dedicated Ward Officers (DWOs) across all boroughs.
As you will know, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe have agreed to introduce a second Dedicated Ward Officer (DWO) in every London ward by the end of 2017.
This is an increase of over 500 officers who are dedicated to wards across London and ring-fenced, with a sole focus on responding to the issues that matter to that local community. These officers will come from existing officer strength on the Borough.
- Bensham Manor
- Upper Norwood
- Coulsdon West
Dedicated Ward Officers are key to driving the confidence of Londoners. As ring-fenced resources, they will be more visible to our communities; patrolling locally and building relationships with the public, partners and businesses. They are a valuable resource to the communities they serve and assist in bringing together agencies to effectively work together to solve local issues. We are confident that this change will improve out policing in communities.
It is our aim to engage with you throughout this process and work together to implement these important changes. If you have any questions during this process your local point of contact is your local SNT. We value your input and welcome any feedback you may have regarding these changes.
Thank you for your ongoing support and we will continue to keep you updated.
Chief Superintendent Andy Tarrant