RE­BEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Saturday -

THIS pro­gram may as well come with a T-Shirt plead­ing ‘‘ please don’t hate us, we’re just do­ing our job’’. You see, dis­ap­point­ingly for V8 Su­per­cars fans, this is not a show about Rus­sell ‘‘ The En­forcer’’ In­gall, it’s a fly on the wall view of coun­cil rangers, in­clud­ing those in­fu­ri­at­ing park­ing in­spec­tors.

One of the coun­cils in­volved says the show is a ‘‘ can­did and pos­i­tive portrayal of the men and women serv­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity’’ and aims ‘‘ to hu­man­ise the work of law en­force­ment’’. Good luck.

Ev­ery seg­ment seems to start with a painstak­ing ex­pla­na­tion from host Wil­liam McInnes as to why the rangers have to hand out a fine or move peo­ple along.

‘‘ No­body wants to be the one to spoil a party, but some­times a per­son’s idea of fun can end up caus­ing a lot of harm,’’ he says.

The fun­da­men­tal prob­lem with this show is it cen­tres on a group of peo­ple who aren’t ter­ri­bly pop­u­lar and you find your­self bar­rack­ing for the other guys— the ones sup­pos­edly in the wrong and about to cop a fine.

My favourite seg­ment has Of­fi­cer Kevin from Can­ning, in WA, track­ing down a man who has been dump­ing goods on verges out­side houses. Turns out it’s a big-hearted se­nior cit­i­zen who col­lects old

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