Another Misguided Town Goes the P.S.O. Route
WHITESTOWN, INDIANA, IS THE LATEST community to try out the Public Safety Officer (PSO) concept where police officers will be carrying firefighting gear in their cars and firefighters will be packing heat and chasing holdup suspects with their pumper.
The police chief, Dennis Anderson tells WISH-TV how simple it works:
"It’s just a matter of changing roles if they pull up in the middle of the night and there is a residence and there is smoke showing. They are going to be popping their police gear gun belts off, stepping into their fire gear and taking on that role," said Whitestown Police Chief Dennis Anderson.
Fire training for police officers takes about two weeks. Firefighters who get training in law enforcement must attend a 16-week police academy.
Firecop Britany Heylman (WXIN-TV)
In a move that is no doubt designed to grab national headlines, the police department's first female officer will also be the town's first female firefighter after graduating from her 2-week firefighter school this week.
WISH-TV has it all in this video report:
WXIN-TV filed this video report on August 31:
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