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Polish police are impressed by our community links


TWO senior Polish police officers on a two-week visit to South
Cheshire said they are impressed by the close links between local
police and the public.

Pawel Wojtunik and his colleague, Konrad Byczek, a senior officer in
the Organized Crime Unit at Police HQ in Warsaw, are spending six
months looking at policing in Britain.

Their two weeks in Cheshire are centred on Cheshire Police Eastern
Area, including Crewe, home to thousands of Polish migrants.

Speaking of the co-operation between police and public, Pawel
said: "There is a very open relationship here, which seems very good.

"In Poland many people still regard crime as an issue between
criminals and the police. They are reluctant to be involved.

"The police as an organization has the public trust, but we do not
have the same local relationship with people on the street that we
see here.

"That is all rooted in history. Things have changed a lot, but it
takes time."

Area commander Chief Superintendent Ian Hopkins said: "It is
essential that police forces in different countries co-operate.

"They also need to understand how their colleagues in other
countries work.

"Pawel and Konrad wanted to see an English police force at work, and
as we have a substantial and growing Polish population in this area
it seemed sensible for them to come here.

"The visit can benefit them and our own officers."

They are looking at Neighbourhood Policing units, the Specialist
Investigation Unit, the Intelligence and Public Protection Units,
the custody centre, partnership work and the forensic science

Konrad said: "Some parts of policing are very similar everywhere,
but we are jealous of the equipment officers have here and
especially of your DNA database.

"It is on a much smaller scale in Poland. It is very new there."

Pawel, who will soon take up a post as the police liaison officer at
the Polish Embassy in London, said a major part of the role will be
promoting closer links with British Police Forces.

He added: "It is something which is becoming very important as
people move freely from country to country."

Re: Polish police are impressed by our community links

Doubtless, Pawel Wojtunik is the son or son-in-law of someone important ...