Aren’t park rangers a type of cop?
Most aren't, but some are.
Park Rangers were originally US Cavalry, frequently Buffalo Soldiers. After the start of WWI the National Park service was founded to free up personnel for the war effort.
Early Park Rangers did everything, from police type work, to ranging out into the back country to stop poaching or illegal encroachment on Federal Lands, to educational talks, to selling entry passes, to building cabins, to conducting scientific research.
After WWII it became clear that such a system sucked shit, and they broke up the monolithic all-in-one park ranger into Back country, law enforcement, EMT/Fire, visitor use, maintenance, education technicians, Resource management, Ranger-Naturalists (who were later renamed Interpretive Rangers), and more.
There is overlap (I sell entry passes sometimes, am frequently pulled in to help with searches, and do make contact with folks about resource violations, in addition to my role as a park educator), but mostly we each end up in our own little boxes, interacting, but not really doing each others' duties.
In a lot of ways the Park Service in a large park shows what happens when you defund and decentralize police, but don't disband them. Police type folks mostly focus on big shit (major resource damage, poaching, Search and Rescue, violent crime) and traffic. Educators do most of the rest, teaching and showing why rules exist, rather than enforcing them on threat of violence.
This mostly works, and is often less monsterously shitty than city policing, but it certainly has flaws, shortcomings, and outright horrific bullshit. Some parks are better than others.
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They told me I'll probably be in the apartment of a person who has told me "they'll have to replace the carpet anyway, I'm just going to leave the place dirty and if they fine me that's okay."
She has a big dog that shits on the rug constantly and I am allergic to dogs. Hopefully my being allergic to dogs is enough to get me in a place with a wood stove. I want to be cozy by the fire while living in the perpetual night.
Got something that might metastasize into good news and now my brain is going to be a ruinous tempest of silverware and shit for the rest of the month.
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