Ring-fenced definition

MQT on 2016-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2016
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your press release "Mayor announces a second dedicated PC in every London ward" you said that "newly dedicated ward officers will be drawn from existing non-dedicated neighbourhood roles, and will be 'ring-fenced' from being called away to other duties". What do you define the term "ring-fenced" to mean?


Answer for Ring-fenced definition

Answer for Ring-fenced definition

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to real neighbourhood policing with the addition of a second PC in every ward in London by the end of 2017.

"Ring fenced" means that Dedicated Ward Officers (DWOs) will not be abstracted from the ward in which they are based.

Abstraction can include guarding prisoners in hospital, crime scene management or aid to assist with duties such as policing football games, demonstrations or protests. DWOs will not be assigned these duties except, potentially, for the extremely resource intensive days of the Notting Hill Carnival and New Year's Eve.