Advisory group stalwart retires after building trust between Polish community and police

January 26 2018
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A FORMER lecturer in economics, who fled Poland as a child when her country was invaded, has retired from a police advisory role.

A FORMER lecturer in economics, who fled Poland as a child when her country was invaded, has retired from a police advisory role.

Lady Danusia Trotman-Dickenson gave many years of service to the South Gloucestershire Police Independent Advisory Group (IAG), through which she represented the Polish community.

Chief Inspector Mark Evans, who described her as a stalwart of the group, said: “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. She will be missed but we wish her well in the future.”

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

Lady Trotman-Dickenson, who was born in Warsaw, was ten-years-old at the start of the Second World War and after fleeing Poland, eventually came to live in Britain.

Her education took her to Scotland and London, going on to teach economics and public finance at Manchester and Edinburgh universities, before lecturing in Wales, where she lived for more than 30 years and became a professor. In 2010 she received the MBE for services to education.

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. 

“It was great to be able to help build trust between the police and the community. I have very much enjoyed working with the local officers.”

The IAG volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and advise officers on policing issues which may be of concern to local communities.