Every now and then there’s a story about the need to recruit someone with good Polish to help the allegedly ever-growing Polish communities in various parts of the UK. You’ve heard of Polish nurses, doctors, etc. Now it’s allegedly time for Polish policemen.
North Wales police has considered recruiting officers from Poland to help deal with the growing Polish population in the region. It is estimated that there are 8,000 Polish immigrants in Wrexham alone and 2,500 in Flintshire.
Daily Post claims that Polish policemen would be the answer to solving many crimes in North Wales:
Because there are only a few police officers in North Wales who can speak Polish and it is a difficult language to learn, North Wales’ chief constable Mr Brunstrom believes that recruiting first-language Polish speakers may be the answer. (…)
Mr Brunstrom, who has learnt Welsh, blamed “xenophobia and fear of the unknown” for being at the root of many crimes in North Wales.
The trigger was often language rather than appearance, he said, with aggressors lashing out because “you don’t sound like me”.
“When people move to live, they bring their language with them,” he said.
Now, isn’t it a bit naive to assume that a Polish policeman with a Polish accent would really solve the problem, as allegedly it’s the language rather than appearance which matters? Or am I missing something?
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