Excuse me, sir, are you a nonce?
Blandshire Constabulary adopts a MULTI-AGENCY APPROACH to paedophilia. The Multi-Agency Approach is a handy modern tool and can be applied to virtually any problem. It essentially means that instead of just the police getting upset when nasty paedos do nasty paedo things, a lot of other people get upset too, and get paid to do so.
Blandshire Constabulary's own contribution to public safety is the Bad Man Officer, who sits upstairs in the Public Protection Unit. Her job is to keep tabs on all convicted sex offenders prowling the area. She knows* their registered addresses, what offences they have committed, what their likelihood of reoffending is. It is also her job to discover if they are evincing worrying behaviour that might suggest they are about to reoffend. One such symptom might be if they kidnap and rape a three-year-old.
*When I say "she knows", this means she can log onto a lot of systems to get this information. So can any normal police officer.
One of the BMO's most important roles is to apply for Orders against sex offenders who seem to be about to reoffend. The Order, vitally, makes it illegal for the subject to commit an illegal sex offence.
Following Telford Council's decision to quiz innocent passers-by on their predilection for children, pond life, squirrels and/or swans, there's been some discussion in the media about how large a threat paedophiles really pose. Some pundits aren't sure if society is really at greater risk from paedophiles than in the past (you might argue less, because it's harder to get away with it nowadays). Others point out that this policy is in fact ENCOURAGING the kidnap of children, so that people who don't have any can borrow some to go to the park with.
I've dealt with two or three really nasty stranger paedophile incidents during my service. I've seen hundreds of nasty non-stranger, inter-familial child abuse cases. So how is quizzing people who don't have children going to protect them, again...?
Incidentally, my favourite bit of the Mail article is where outraged Miss Whittaker, 34, has her say on this disgraceful policy. No, she is not upset about the infringement on human freedoms or the wrongful labelling of innocent adults as potential sex offenders, but about the "dangerous implication that if you have a child with you than everything is OK and you won't be questioned". Clearly Miss Whittaker feels that all people, whether with a child or not, are suspected paedophiles.
NB Is this the same Miss Whittaker who was thrown out of the park for dressing as a penguin the month before? If so, perhaps her remarks above have been taken out of context.
Why is this man in Telford Town Park? Is he a paedophile?
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