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Citizenship - What is citizenship?, Groups in Society, Good Citizens

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What does it mean to be a citizen?

A citizen is a member of a community or state. How you become a citizen depends upon different factors, for example place of birth, family ties or period of residence in a country.

Definition of Citizenship

  1. The state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen.
  1. The character of an individual viewed as a member of society; behaviour in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen

Definition Citizen

  1. A person owing loyalty to and entitled by birth or naturalization to the protection of a state or nation.
  2. A resident of a city or town, especially one entitled to vote and enjoy other privileges there.
  • A civilian.


The Police would expect the following activities in a good citizen.

  • A good citizen understands that rules are made for good reasons and does not break them.
  • A good citizen cares about and contributes to the community and to the good of society.
  • A good citizen works to improve their society
  • A good citizen takes responsibility for their own actions and towards other people and environment.

The Fire Service would expect the following activities in a good citizen

  • A good citizen would respect the land and environment which is especially important to the fire service as they deal with environmental jobs.
  • A good citizen looks out for other people not just themselves
  • A good citizen positive attitude which welcomes challenge

The Army would expect the following activities in good citizen

  • A good citizen is Committed to what they are doing
  • A good citizen takes responsibility for the safety of others not just themselves
  • Good citizens would abide by rules and realise why they are in place.


Groups in Society

Working in the public sector, you are bound to come across a wide range of different people, whether you are patrolling the streets or putting out a fire this will occur. Here are a small number of the groups that the public services will come across at some stage in their career.

  • Homeless
  • Ethnic Minorities
  • Elderly People
  • Community Groups
  • Volunteers
  • Drug Users
  • Male/Female
  • Gay/Lesbian/Straight orientation
  • Students
  • Drunk
  • People with illnesses

    when working in the public services or in any other jobs you will have to deal with them all the same no matter what they look like or what they act like, this shows good citizenship.

C) Good Citizens

  • A good citizen is someone who has 'empathy' for other people.
  • A good citizen cares and shares.
  • A good citizen respects people.
  • A good citizen judges people on their behaviour not on their colour or appearance. 

Qualities of a Good Citizen

  • Patience
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Law Abiding
  • Self Motivation
  • Able to make decisions/showing imitative
  • Leadership – Motivation of others
  • Commitment
  • Respectful
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills
  • Taking Responsibility
  • Approachable/Friendly
  • Sense of humour
  • Trustworthy
  • Loyalty

What the army looks for in a citizen

  • Loyal
  • Trustworthy
  • Law Abiding
  • Able to work individually and as a team
  • Honest

    Why are these important to the Army, the list above is important to the army because: In the army you have to be trusted especially when at war and dealing with peoples lives as this could lead to serious consequences, In Iraq at the moment the army are setting examples to the citizens there if the army were seen to break the law then the Iraqis would think we can do that as well, so it is important to have law abiding soldiers. In the army it’s all about teamwork which is showing good citizenship skills whether in training at home or in War Teamwork is displayed.

What the Fire Service looks for in a citizen

  • Reliability
  • Flexibility
  • Teamwork
  • Law Abiding

    Why are these important to the Fire Service, the list above is important to the fire service because: you have to be reliable to turn up to your shift on time otherwise you may let down your watch and this would not be displaying good citizenship towards the fire service. You have to be flexible in case the station was short staffed or there was a major incident, you could be called on at any moment and you would have to turn up. Teamwork is essential to the fire service and is a great feature of any citizen, all the watch has to work together to enable the fire to be put out or complete the activity in hand. Law abidance is another key factor that the fire service look for when recruiting because if citizens see fire fighters breaking the law then they will think they can.

What the Police Service looks for in a citizen

  • Law Abiding
  • Loyal
  • Honest


Why are these important to the Police Service, the list above is important to the Police service because: Police officers are put in place to enforce the law and to punish those who do not abide by it so if police officers started to break the law then all the other citizens would follow which would therefore display bad citizenship. Police officers would have to be trustworthy especially when dealing with confidential information. Police officers have to be honest as they are expecting citizens to be honest and this is not leading the right way.


How issues may affect the public services:

Natural Disasters – Flooding

This Information was taken from BBC Website about the Boscastle Flooding. This was a very serious natural disaster and took lots of different services to bring everybody to safety.

Heavy storms 17th August 2004 afternoon caused 6cm (2ins) of rain to fall in two hours in the Boscastle area. image00.jpg

Seven rescue helicopters were scrambled to winch people stranded on rooftops and in cars to safety.

Rescue workers described the situation as "horrendous" as buildings and cars were washed into the sea, and up to 1,000 people may have to be evacuated.

Public Services said “
This is the biggest combined incident we have had in many, many years”

A list of the Emergency Services Working as a team:
Fire and Rescue Service – Used boats, ladders to rescue people from their homes
RNLI – Use small D class boats to go into the flood and rescue people from homes or people that may  of been stranded, they brought them to safety
Search & Rescue – Worked Day and night to get conclude the evacuation.
Police – The police co-ordinated the rescue operation from their headquarters and appealed for sightseers to stay away from the area.
RAF – Provided 7 helicopters for the rescue operation and airlifted casualties to the local hospital
Paramedics – Treated people who had been caught up in the floods.

Heath Fires across the Uk are damaging the wildlife an the animals habitats as well as damaging homes and causing neighbourhoods to be evacuated.

The fire services put the heath fires out and try to prevent them from spreading, however long it takes.

The Police try and detect who started them take witness statements from local people and try to determine who started them, this is a long winded process as there is no real evidence as it has probably been burnt.

Fly Tipping

you may see either a car on the side of the road or a fridge in a field – this is bulky waste or items illegally dumped, these are emitting pollution into the environment and could also be damaging animals habitats, the dumped items may also prevent plants or trees from growing, and the tax payer is paying for it to be cleared up, the people that do it are also breaking the law so the police have to detect who done it therefore wasting police time.


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