My reason for not contacting the rangers: I did not want them to use your radios because the perpetrators could be monitoring your insecure radio frequencies and may have already (resulting in successful evasion). A high percentage of the new rangers are there just to receive their pleaded skirt and roam the city and party all week. Also, you guys are pretty ineffectual at dealing with relationships between people. There were three earlier attempts in the week to have rangers show up at our camp and other locations, but they were no-shows.
We did report the incident to the bm-org, medical, and The Sheriff. The rangers were informed @ CC Monday morning, but we had a no-show of any rangers. We were informed that you had been trying to catch the culprit (description matches various incidents), which the rangers failed to carry out any justice.
We approached the Sheriff, went to medical (better than justice) and had members of our camp track down the bar.
My experience with the rangers is like that in this thread: it takes three days for them to respond (hopefully you can drive out to the playa and catch them by then
Do you believe the Rangers are an effective at locating people or are they doing a Good job [not]?
Also, "We don't discuss, much less "blather" specifics of our calls on the radio." ~ Not true, and your claim is unfounded. I advise you go through the logs (if any) to actually see what sort of info is given.
Also, "Way to deprive your friend of justice"~ justice is illusive, but your accusation is false as mentioned we id go through avenues of justice and relief for our friend
Also, "Plus, we can actually spell and properly use their, there, and they're : )." from sentence usage, it is easy to decipher their various uses if you know a wee bit of English Syntax --- A null point to your orthography nazi smirk
Lastly, I don't need to be trolled by some Ranger Sasquatch, who offers no useful advice and represents a group of volunteers not trained in criminal justice or versed in etiquette with people who have been victimized/drugged i.e. no medical training, no training on how to deal with potential rapes, but plenty experience breaking up drunks fighting.
There is so much horribly inaccurate with this post it's difficult to find a place to begin. I'll address this from my own perspective; I speak in no official capacity.
Powerchair, if you really want to learn about what Rangers contribute to the event, I strongly suggest taking some time to find out. You can ask any of us, or you can ask countless participants who have interacted with Rangers. After seven years on the playa, it's a real surprise that you know so little about the functions and activities of Rangers.
First, we are all event participants who volunteer our time and skills to make a positive contribution to the experience of all participants. We are not the law.
All Rangers are trained annually, and all Rangers are trained in conflict resolution. Some Rangers have extensive professional training in victimization scenarios, medical training, clinical counseling, and legal procedure. As we are often the first people on scene, we work extensively with emergency medical personnel, law enforcement, and a variety of other support teams. Among us, we can speak over 20 languages. And we have a dedicated group that deals specifically with psychological and drug-related issues.
We give up substantial time during our Burn to be on duty, sober, and ready to deal with whatever needs arise, from giving directions and support to dealing with the most difficult situations that can arise in a city of 40,000+ people. Our dispatch system can place us in any part of the city within minutes, and once contacted, we follow issues through resolution. We've successfully resolved countless conflicts among event participants.
We're trained in our radio protocols, and if there's a serious issue, we rarely discuss specifics on the air. We know our transmissions are monitored and logged by others. We do not operate to secure intelligence agency standards; this is Burning Man, and we are volunteers. We do not "carry out justice"--in the legal context, we work closely with the various law enforcement agencies, who have the authority to do so.
We make a positive difference every day we're on duty, before, during, or after the event. We don't just do a good job, we do an outstanding job. Perhaps that's why everywhere we go, we receive unsolicited gratitude from the countless participants who know what we do and truly appreciate it.
PS Rangers aren't given pleated skirts--we get a hat and shirts when we pass our training and evaluations.