>>SALLY WHITE <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
When this programme that John Wood described was introduced in Sussex
I contacted the officer in charge to offer placements in our museums -
I thought they might like the chance to meet some of the more
challenging members of the public who our staff deal with. Sadly this was not
the kind of community project they were interested in. They only seemed
to want projects involving difficult youths, people from ethnic
minorities, elderly or disabled people.
In my view it is perhaps more the case they they are unsure of exactly what they want. The idea of this element of the IPLDP is to introduce officers with work environments that they might not yet be familair with but this is sadly the case with the organisers too hence why they don't see the potential of museums. It is a sort of Catch 22 scenario.
>>He said he would 'get back to me' if
the rules changed to cover charities like ours!
This is 'police speak' for 'you will never hear from us again'.
It seems like a missed
opportunity to me, after all dealing with 75 eastern european students
who speak virtually no English and of whom all want to use our very
limited toilet facilities at once at the same time as answering questions
from other visitors, extracting signiatures on gift aid forms and
selling goods from the shop should be very good experience for police
officers and far more challenging than dealing with some of the
groups they are targeting.
Indeed a missed opportunity!
Though perhaps the challenging bit is what makes them afraid. Police officers don't do challenging if they can help it unless it is 'The Sun' crossword. ;-)
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