Saturday, 19 April 2008
Grey Toon Hero
I am a great defender of Aberdeen. It is my adopted home town, and unlike many of the born and bred residents, I am aware of just how lucky I am to live here.
"The Guardian" has caught onto this fact and this week in their Weekend supplement, the "Let's Move to" feature concentrates on my lovely, if cold, little city.
The article says, "..the city is spick and span with more parks and municipal borders than it knows what to do with". Too true. The city doesn't win "Britain in Bloom" every flipping year for no reason.
I could go on for hours about how great my town is, but I want to pay tribute to someone, who shall remain anonymous who risked all to make Aberdeen a perfect crime free place to live; my friend, the Community Warden Blogger. Unfortunately, you can no longer read their blog as, being critical of the new Council policy of stripping the successful and much respected Community Wardens of their links with Grampian Police, the blog ( A Community Warden's Day) has been taken down. But not before the local papers wrote an excellent article about the blogger and their whistleblowing activities.
Community Wardens help make Aberdeen a safe place to live. As the on-the-street eyes and ears of law enforcement, the wardens worked together with the police, and together they were well on the way to having street crime nigh-on licked.
Now, sent out to face the troublemakers of Aberdeen without police back up and proper radios, these guys and girls are defenceless and under threat of attack, as they simultaneously have to gain the trust of the community whilst at the same time fining folk for dog fouling and parking violations.
Their bosses are no longer the police force, with all their databases, experience and communications systems, but the beleaguered and much criticised City Council, who have no such systems and who seem to think revenue from parking tickets is more important than crime prevention.
Community Warden blogger, I salute you and hope that your bravery in bringing this travesty to wider public attention, will get the ailing and inept City Cooncil to rethink their ridiculous strategy which strikes me as being akin to peeing in your own canoe.
Many at Grampian Police agree with the Community Warden Blogger, I believe. Some of them read this blog, as do a couple of councillors, so they may have comments to make.
But for me, this little quote from one of the teen residents of a choice area of toon, speaks volumes,
"Aye, they are alright. They gie ye intae trouble but they always find yer chory* bikes."
The wardens do the jobs that the Police don't have time to do and in so doing are a real part of the community.
Read the excellent article about the Community Warden's Blog here.
Aaaah.... the power of blogging!
* (Chory = stolen)