Rain, sleet, snow, ice, hot weather and cold weather are tough things to deal with when you’re out on the streets of Great Neck Plaza but dealing with an angry motorist who you’ve just given a ticket to might be the hardest thing of all, according to Christopher Backmon, the Plaza’s Code Enforcement Supervisor since 2012.
“I have to keep a calm demeanor,” said Backmon, who came to the Plaza as a Code Enforcement Officer in 2005, and now supervises three full time officers and a fourth part timer. “On some very rare occasions someone’s really out of control, and for the most part, our officers are out there by themselves. Sometimes, though, you have to call for back up.”
“One thing about our job is that no one likes to receive a ticket,” he continued. “We’re automatically the object of hatred so when we go out there we have to figure out how to give people courtesy and respect as much as we can. I understand that they don’t hate us personally. So we try to be as nice as possible. We try to be polite as we can.” [Read more...]