A job for the police?
That’s exactly what new legislation will outline, as police are set to be granted additional powers regarding the seizing of vehicles and the subsequent arrest of those looking to park them in places where they shouldn’t.
What does this mean?
To put this into some context, it will now only take 2 unauthorised vehicles to be parked up where they’re not welcome before officers can get involved, which is a reduction from 6, as it currently stands.
It all sounds brilliant in theory, the police taking care of this headache for you, but as with most things in life, anything that seems too good to be true, usually is.
Where are all of these additional officers going to come from exactly?
How quickly will they be able to get there?
Who are they going to arrest?
Travelers often target rural and isolated locations (for obvious reasons) and the problem is rarely halted before it gets out of control.
The police don’t have the resources to deal with travellers and trespassing on this scale under their current budget constraints, and it is unrealistic to expect that to change any time soon.
Civil enforcement agencies have a great deal of experience with moving travellers on from illegal sites, up and down the country.
It all comes down to the relationships they build and the reputations they hold.
Respect is the key word here.
Rightly or wrongly, a large number of traveling communities hold no respect for the police at all, but have good relationships with local civil enforcement agencies.
Negotiation and understanding are vital elements in the process, as regardless of whether they’re wanted on site or not, travellers are people too and just like everyone else, they need a place to go.
Rushing in with the blues and twos is not the way forward.
Not only is it impractical and in some cases impossible, it’s a waste of time and resources as well.
Civil enforcement agencies have the time, the inclination and the people power to handle this most challenging of tasks, so let’s leave them to it.
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