- Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:39 pm #25551
The story has now appeared on the BBC web site and includes this:
Now, do you think the BBC have edited this deliberately to make the Mr Kelly look like an incoherent idiot, or what?Paul Kelly, chairman of the Police Federation in Manchester, said PCSOs do not have the same level of training as police officers to deal with life-saving situations.
He said: "The message is clear and unambiguous - it's the government, they are trying to fool the public.
"They take a person and dress him up as a police officer but they just don't have the same powers.
"Every single police officer I trained with left training school with a life-saving certificate of some sort."
He said the PCSOs might not have been able to swim and in that case they should not have risked their lives.
But he added: "People throw themselves into rivers and ponds to save people every day because it's the right thing to do.
"This is an accident waiting to happen again."