Diversity is way of life for ranger

City of Vincent co-ordinator of ranger services Peter Cicanese. Picture: Marcus Whisson d427537
City of Vincent co-ordinator of ranger services Peter Cicanese. Picture: Marcus Whisson d427537

Mr Cicanese, City of Vincent co-ordinator of ranger services, was recognised for his service at last month’s Western Australia Rangers Association Conference.

He started his career as a patrol officer at the City of Perth in September 1989 and made the move to the then Town of Vincent in 1995, where he worked as a ranger.

In 1994, he was awarded Ranger of the Year by the Rangers Association.

Mr Cicanese said one of the highlights of his job was the diverse range of duties his work involved. ‘In Vincent we have people from all walks of life and from multicultural backgrounds,’ Mr Cicanese said.

‘But dealing with aggressive people and irate people can be a challenge.

‘There has been a rise of assaults on rangers.’

Mr Cicanese said people should realise that rangers are not just there to raise revenue.

‘Local government laws are in place for a reason,’ he said.

‘Some people look down on us.

‘We are taught ‘verbal judo’ to deal with tough situations where people might be aggressive.’