Kosovo officers visit North Wales
Sunday 14th of January 2018
A delegation from the Office of the Language Commissioner for Kosovo and police from the country have been given an insight into the way North Wales Police promote bilingualism.
The two day fact finding visit enabled the group of 9 delegates, which included the General Director for the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety, their language Commissioner and senior Police officers, to see how North Wales Police support band encourage the Welsh language.
They met chief officers and received presentations from Meic Raymant, Head of Welsh Language Services, about the Welsh language strategy as well other senior officers. They visited the force control room in St Asaph and the firearms range in Ruthin, where they observed new PCSOs using their Welsh skills as part of their training.
Meic Raymant said: “The Language Commissioner from Kosovo previously visited North Wales in 2014 to observe the good practices being achieved and the work being done by NWP to ensure implementation of bilingualism within the police as well as promote bilingualism as an asset of the force.
“He was particularly keen for senior officers from his country to visit and to learn about our strategy and initiatives and organised for the delegation to visit North Wales Police. It was also an opportunity for us to learn about bilingualism in their police force.”
Slavisa Mladenovic, Language Commissioner for Kosovo said: “It is good to see good to see practices abroad. It is especially interesting to see leadership commitment and practical arrangements made in achieving bilingualism.
He added: “We hope to be able to absorb and implement the good governance in Kosovo.”
Source: http://www.north-wales.police.uk/news-and-appeals/kosovo-officers-visit-north-wales.aspx (Fri Dec 15th 2017)