Policing at Protests

MQT on 2012-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2012
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to your response to Question No: 2584 / 2012 on Policing at Protests, will you please answer the question asked:

'What are the present arrangements for the police to supervise protest marches on the ground, including requirements on organisers to provide their own stewards in place of police officers who formerly would have been expected to police marches? ' as your written response : 'Please follow this link to find all requested information:


does not do so, the link only setting out the very general advice from the police and not the details on stewarding which was asked? If someone swears at a police officer doing his or her duty, should that person be arrested for doing so?


Answer for Policing at Protests

Answer for Policing at Protests

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The police do not set requirements on the provision of stewards in place of police officers; stewards are the agents of event organisers.

However, every effort is made to encourage organisers to have adequate stewarding and other arrangements in place to manage issues most likely to be encountered at any protest. To assist with this, the police provide guidance to organisers of public events.

There is no offence of swearing at a police officer. Swearing may however fall within the ambit of the Public Order Act and it is for an individual constable to exercise his or her discretion based on the individual case. Arrest (if applicable) is usually dependant on a number of factors, including the effect that the behaviour may have on other members of the public.