Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Capturing A Merry Monk


Something I found out today. I have written this posting in a (mainly) neutral tone to negate the vitriol and foul language I would otherwise have used if writing the way I originally intended.

Make up your own minds…..

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In a beautiful park in a lovely town in the county of Warwickshire there exists a Community Park Ranger.

This is a woman. A nice woman, who is slightly built with spectacles. Her job is to keep the park in tip top order and to update posters and notice boards, liaise with the public and keep everything running smoothly. She strolls around with “Community Ranger” printed on the back of her fleece with Warwickshire District Council on the left breast in purple and white print.

The park has beautiful flower beds, a lake, fountains, ducks and geese and a greenhouse. It also has lots of grassy bits to stretch out on and read a book or just catch a few rays of sunshine.

In addition it is frequented by homeless people and drunken chavs. Two of the latter recently had sex in the park, in full view of anyone nearby (including a family with two small children).

The Ranger is required to “ask” people to leave the park if they act unpleasantly (such as being inebriated and obnoxious or fornicating in front of kids).

Facts:

1). The Ranger is not trained in self defence. The police have specifically told her that she may use any and all reasonable physical force to defend herself against personal attack. Her employers however have told her she is NOT to defend herself physically.

2). Her employers have said that the verbal “conflict resolution model” is to be employed and they have added further, that “anybody can be persuaded to calm down through verbal negotiation.”

3). Additionally her bosses have told her that if she fails to persuade someone to calm down and/ or she is assaulted by that person, then it is her fault as she has clearly provoked them with her attitude.

4). Their “safety training” consisted of telling her that, if attacked, she should lie down on the floor, curl up in a ball and protect her head and face with her arms (if of course, she can’t run away).

5). Finally, she said that she is to escalate a confrontational situation by calling for a Police Community Support Officer to attend. Even though they have no more authority than her and are civilian employees of the Police force. They have no arrest powers and are non-confrontational (i.e. must back off if attacked themselves). If that doesn’t work then the PCSOs will call for Police officers to attend to arrest or physically detain the person.

6 comments:

  1. The only course of action she has is either
    a. Tell her employers where to stick her job or
    b. See, hear and speak no evil.
    Clearly her bosses are out of the same mould that too many senior police officers emerge from after having a spine removed.

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  2. Hey you've still got a Park Ranger, is this really for real, a woman is doing this job?

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  3. Yep, unfortunately we have. Non confrontational and then some.

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  4. Yep, unfortunately we have. Non confrontational and then some.

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  5. Hey you've still got a Park Ranger, is this really for real, a woman is doing this job?

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  6. Of course *anyone* could phone the actual police when seeing illegal or anti-social behaviour. They could even do it anonymously...

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