Enforcement of whatever kind is, and never will be a popular job, and those who do it suffer a high rate of attrition because of the threats and assaults. To be honest, I think our management are surprised at how long some of us have lasted under the pressure.
As for the various ‘decrim’ schemes; in the beginning, at least with private contractors, they all try the ‘These-are-your-targets-and-you-will-meet-them-or-be-sacked’ approach with the PA’s, which never work long term. Even one of the more notorious London Councils (Lambeth) is publicly discontinuing the practice. Calderdale Council near Huddersfield have taken note and will be (Allegedly) trying the ‘Softly, softly’ approach and it looks like Rugby in Warwickshire is gearing up for their first parking blitz.
Whatever happens at these places, I don’t envy the rookies.