Police say thanks for years of building trust

February 01 2018

POLICE have thanked a community member for her service to the South Gloucestershire Police Independent Advisory Group.

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POLICE  have thanked a community member for her service to the South Gloucestershire Police Independent Advisory Group.

Lady Danusia Trotman-Dickenson MBE, who lives in Siston, recently retired from the group after many years.

Chief Inspector Mark Evans said: “Lady Trotman-Dickenson has been a stalwart of the IAG, where she has represented the Polish community. Her involvement has made a real difference and helped to build support and trust between the community and local police.

“She has offered practical support to many people who have come into contact with police, whether as victims, witnesses or offenders, as well as acting as a critical friend to officers, helping us to better understand our community.”

Neighbourhood Sergeant Darren Warr presented Lady Trotman-Dickenson with a bouquet of flowers in the red and white colours of the Polish flag.

As a child, Danusia fled Poland with her parents and came to the UK by boat in 1940. Later, on moving to South Gloucestershire, Lady Trotman-Dickenson joined the Anglo-Polish Society and became a trustee.

She said: “I volunteered as an interpreter for the Polish community and found many were mistrustful of the police. I felt very privileged to be a member of the IAG. It was great to be able to help build trust between the police and the community. It was good to feel that I was doing something useful as a link between the community and the police. I have very much enjoyed working with the local officers.”

A former lecturer in economics at the University of South Wales, Lady Trotman-Dickenson is the author of 10 books on the subject and now plans to spend her time writing.

The South Gloucestershire Police IAG is made up of volunteers from diverse backgrounds who advise officers on policing issues which may be of concern to local communities. Its members play a vital role in helping us build trust and confidence.

More information about the police IAGs and how you can get involved: http://bit.ly/2ksotio