WISBECH: Police get together migrant workers to help them find out about local services

PUBLISHED: 11:42 07 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:08 02 June 2010

MIGRANT workers in the Fens were able to meet their neighbourhood police team and find out more about local services at a special information surgery held in Wisbech. Members of Terrington Safer Neighbourhood Team worked with Wisbech-based recruitment age

MIGRANT workers in the Fens were able to meet their neighbourhood police team and find out more about local services at a special information surgery held in Wisbech.

Members of Terrington Safer Neighbourhood Team worked with Wisbech-based recruitment agency WMS to organise the event.

The neighbourhood policing team, based at Terrington St John, is dedicated to 16 rural parishes in West Norfolk, where the agricultural and food production industries emply a high number of foreign workers.

PC Sue Newns said: "All residents, transient or otherwise, are part of the community and it's important everyone is aware of the local services available to them and how they can be accessed.

"The police surgery, one of a number we hold in different locations across the neighbourhood, allowed some of the workers to meet local officers, get advice on such things as basic UK laws as well as how and when to contact police and other key services in the local area."

The surgery was held at WMS offices in Church Mews on Friday with the help of Operations Manager Shane Cottrill and Administration Manager Jayne Copeland. The workers, largely Polish and Lithuanian, were offered information handbooks in their own language.

Terrington Inspector Mark Cant said: "It's important for us to understand the issues facing the full cross-section of our community so we can better reduce crime, the- fear of crime and lift the overall quality of life. Working proactively with employers of foreign workers helps us break down some of the language and cultural barriers that would otherwise exist.


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