After the recent press about the death of Jordon Lyon, I think people need to ask the following question.
Do you expect the Police to save your life?
Now it might not seem that hard, but I have the view that the Police are there to protect and the same goes for the PCSOs.
If it was two lifeguards, yes I would be asking why they didn’t jump in, but these were two fully clothed PCSOs.
It might be “human nature” to jump in, but what if the two officers couldn’t swim? I’m not the best swimmer and I remember all those years ago jumping into the swimming pool in Hemel with my pyjamas on and trying to pick up a brick, and I remember not being that good at it. Would I not be putting both the life of the boy and mine at risk if I tried a rescue? And then if I had a radio which had direct access to those that could help, would it not be better for me to use that?
What if it was a burning building instead, would you expect a PCSO to run in, or wait for the Fire Brigade?
It seems that the media like to question the roles of the PCSOs, however I know that the team we have for Park Ward in Lincoln do a great job and are welcomed by the community. So lets stop putting them down.
ps, we keep being told how the boy drown in a pond. Now I’ve seen the pictures and that is not a pond! A pond is a small water feature in your garden, this was a 6ft deep football pitch sized lake.