Away until January 17th 2022
Shield wrote: »
I completely understand what you're saying, and where you're coming from.
The huge difference between us and traffic wardens is variety. In this job, you never know what your day is going to be, whereas if you become a traffic warden, you just write tickets, write tickets, and when you're all out of tickets, you get new ones, and then... you write more tickets.
Also, in this job, you have discretion. You can pull someone over for a variety of transgressions, and you have the option to either exercise discretion and issue them with advice & guidance only, or you can give them points and a fine.
Unfortunately, no matter what the situation is, once a traffic warden prints out a ticket, they have no way of cancelling it - even if the motorist arrives and drives away. Your job as a traffic warden exists solely as a revenue stream for the Council.
In the PSNI, traffic infractions are just a part of the job. You don't need me to rattle off a list of things we do, but if you think about such a list, you can see there are times when we have made a positive difference, or resolved situations where we get sincerely thanked. Even though it doesn't happen often, it's a shot of adrenaline when it does. It makes you feel good. You go home after shift and give yourself a mental clap on the back.
The job ever so slightly resembles that of a traffic warden, but even at that, there are huge differences. We carry a telescopic baton and standard issue CS incapacitant if we feel threatened. We also have power of arrest that we can exercise on the spot if needed. An assaulted traffic warden has nothing, and most of the time physical assaults occur so fast, they're over before either their supervisor comes to their aid, or police arrive to investigate.
I could go on and on, but I'm sure you get the message.