…a team of PCSOs was ordered to stop guiding pupils across a busy village road to get to church services. Their senior officers have told them they aren't qualified for the task.D’oh!
The decision means Bentley St Paul's Primary in Pilgrims Hatch, Essex, faces having to pay almost £2,000 for two 'proper' policemen to do the job - otherwise the 210 pupils aged four to 11-year-olds would have to miss out on services in future.No doubt someone will suggest that a way out of this dilemma is for the school to simply dispense with the church services…
But it seems that, once again, it’s the ‘where there’s blame…’ culture at the heart of this:
Inspector Jasmine Frost said the force's PCSOs 'are not trained for crossing the road'.Unless you get paid for them, of course!
She added: 'We sought advice from our headquarters and they said that under no circumstances should we use PCSOs because if something happened we would be liable.
'In the current economic times we cannot dedicate [regular] police officers in this way.'
Parents aren’t impressed:
Parent Claire Palmer said: 'I would have thought this is exactly the sort of thing a community officer should be able to do. It just seems ridiculous.'Very little.
Optometrist Jane Herrington, whose nine-year-old son attends the school, added: 'If they are not trained to do this, you wonder what they are trained to do.'
But they are absolutely brilliant at unlawfully harassing photographers, it has to be said!
The Mail contacted ten forces to see if their PCSOs received traffic management training.Whew!
Of these, seven - Bedfordshire, Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire, Northumbria, Thames Valley, West Midlands and the Met said their officers were qualified to handle traffic.
West Yorkshire said its officers were able to 'regulate the flow of traffic' at major events but could not stop traffic to allow pedestrians to cross a road.Huh..?!?
Still, at least they bothered to reply…
Norfolk and North Wales failed to confirm whether or not their PCSOs received training.They didn’t know? They couldn’t be arsed to find out?