by MARY MAGEE
Rhianna Kay and Holly Campbell
with Polish police Captain Goska Barska and PSNI
officer Samuel Campbell at Hunterhouse College
where she gave a talk on Race Hate Crime
A POLISH police officer who has been working
in Northern Ireland for the past three months is urging members
of the Polish community to get in touch with her.
Captain Goska Barska, from Zielomagloabora
will next week be based in Lisburn, and will be happy to answer
any questions that members of the Polish community may have in
relation to the law in Northern Ireland.
The fluent English speaker finished a two and
a half year liaison officer course run by the European
Commission and was drafted to Northern Ireland by the PSNI.
Since July, Goska has been meeting with
members of the Polish community and has been based in various
police stations throughout Northern Ireland. There arc currently
40,000 Polish people living in Northern Ireland with 15,000 of
them living in Belfast alone.
And she hopes that many local Poles will take
advantage of her presence and come meet with her.
"I have met and have spoken to a lot of
Polish people who have settled here since I have come over
here," she said. "The problem many people face are communication
problems, many of them cannot speak English.
"I am very happy to meet with anyone who
maybe having communication problems and want me to interpret
anything for them. Some have complained that they do not get
information in Polish and do not understand some aspects of the
law. Some are frightened and do not want to commit offences."
Goska leaves Northern Ireland at the end of the month. Anyone
who would like to speak to Goska when she is in Lisburn can
contact the Community Safety Team at Lisburn on 92600937.