Polish police volunteer bridges language gaps in Shirebrook

Police police volunteer Natalia Witczak
Police police volunteer Natalia Witczak

Polish beat officers took to Shirebrook again to build relationships with the local community

Polish Police Support Volunteer joins officers in Shirebrook

Natalia Witczak, originally from Poland, joined the town’s Safer Neighbourhood team as a Police Support Volunteer (PSV) earlier this month.

Natalia said: “I am really looking forward to working with members of the Shirebrook policing team to help officers carry out enquiries. I hope to be able to bridge any language gaps and speak fluently to local people in both English and Polish. I hope my role will allow local officers to engage more positively with residents and we are able to answer lots of questions about various issues.”

Sergeant Mark Church from the Shirebook Safer Neighbourhood Team added: “It is great to have Natalia on board and I am really looking forward to working alongside her to develop relationships with members of the Eastern European community here in Shirebrook.

“Natalia has various qualifications including two degrees and a post graduate certificate obtained at British and Polish universities. Unlike a Special Constable or PCSO, Natalia does not have any specific police powers but she has kindly agreed to volunteer some of her spare time to assist with cohesion work in the area.

“She will help local officers to conduct house to house enquiries where we are sometimes met by language barriers. The fact that she speaks two languages and understands five languages will be so beneficial for local officers to carry out enquiries and chat to members of the public. If you see her patrolling alongside members of the team, please come over and say hello.”

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at Derbyshire Constabulary visit: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Careers/Volunteer-With-Us/Volunteers.aspx

To speak to a member of your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101. You can also follow @ShirebrookSNT on Twitter to keep up to date with policing in your area.