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The public are being conned through the use of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in a failed government ‘experiment’, according to the Police Federation.
Paul McKeever, chairman of the federation, said: “They were brought in for best of reasons…but I think it was a deeply flawed experiment.”
He also said that the hundreds of millions spent on the scheme could have paid for 12,000 extra police officers.
“If you are, in effect, conning the public by putting people in uniform who the public believe have powers they don’t possess, why are we employing them?”
McKeever made the comments during in interview with Channel Four’s ‘Dispatches’ programme, due to air tonight at 8pm.
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