Community wardens

Community Wardens and Park Liaison Officers (PLOs) provide a reassuring uniformed patrol presence on Southwark's estates, streets, parks and open spaces. They address concerns of crime, anti-social behaviour (ASB), and environmental crime through targeted operations and patrols in areas of most need. 

Community Warden officer on duty in the city
A Better Bankside Warden on patrol

They're also a valued and flexible resource that contributes to the overall effort in supporting the organisation when responding to incidents or major events.  

Community Wardens and PLOs:

  • provide a visible and re-assuring patrol presence to keep people safe
  • respond to pro-active and re-active concerns for crime, environmental crime and ASB
  • remove knives and other weapons from public spaces
  • work in partnership to resolve concerns for welfare and safeguarding, especially in relation to those most vulnerable
  • support communities through engagement, education and signposting to services
  • take appropriate and proportionate enforcement action through targeted patrols, education, warnings and fixed penalty notices
  • provide evidence to police and partners for further action
  • support the organisational response to major incidents, emergencies and events
  • are trained in Counter Terrorism and Emergency First Aid
  • are part of the MPS Community Safety Accredited Scheme - CSAS

The Service comprises of the following teams:

A Park Liaison Officer on duty in Burgess Park
A PLO in Burgess Park
  • Aylesbury Estate – wardens attached to the Regeneration Area
  • Better Bankside – wardens dedicated to the Business Improvement District
  • Estates Team – have a borough wide remit, with an intelligence-based tasking process in place to prioritise resources to the estates in most need
  • Town Centre Team – prioritising the busy town centres of Peckham, Camberwell, Walworth Rd, Elephant & Castle and Canada Water, and other areas with an active night-time economy
  • PLOs - have an intelligence-based tasking process in place to address the many and varied issues in parks and open spaces throughout the year

 

Page last updated: 06 February 2024

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