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Friday, 14 August 2009

Greater Manchester Police Receive Urdu Lessons

This should really help with what the government call 'integration and community cohesion'; could it be that there is little to begin with?
Members of the Rochdale South Neighbourhood Policing Team went back to school to take the classes, which have been held in the heart of the community.

The classes were designed to help improve officers knowledge of the culture and to strengthen links with the local Asian community.

Twelve police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from the Kingsway and Milkstone and Deeplish wards started the six-week language course on 1 August. The classes have been taking place at Castlemere Community Centre, Deeplish Community Centre and Sparth Bottom Community Centre all in Rochdale. They have been so successful that future courses are now being planned.

PCSO Madasir Nasir arranged the classes, which were taught by town magistrate Ghulam Rasool Shazad. The first few lessons gave officers the opportunity to learn simple phrases such as ‘hi’, ‘how are you?’ and ‘my name is’.

These are the first to be delivered on Rochdale Division and it is hoped that the new language skills will help in everyday police work.

Inspector Michelle Hughes for the Rochdale South Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The feedback we have had so far has been brilliant. Everyone who has done the course has been able to use it in their job and they have found that it immediately helps to break down barriers.

“It is really appreciated by members of the public who lack confidence in their English language skills and shows that our police officers are committed to strengthening their relationships with the local Asian community.”

Mr Shazad who is a trained Urdu teacher, said: “I have been very pleased with the commitment shown by these officers to the classes and by the speed that they have been learning.

“They have been excellent and have definitely exceeded my expectations. So far they have been learning the history of the language and its origins as well as being taught basic words and nouns as well as sentence structure.

“I do believe that these lessons will have huge benefits to both the police and the local community.”
Yes, wasting our tax money on this nonsense should really help the police enrich their Urdu vocabularies - but aren't they supposed to be fighting crime?

If they really feel the need to pander to certain 'communities', let them fly to the subcontinent and learn on their own time.

1 comment:

Nick said...

Would it not be a better idea to have immigrants learn the language of the country they have chosen to move to?

If I went off to live in Italy then the first thing I'd do is log on to the Linguaphone website and buy the CDs.

Then I'd try to find evening classes so I could practice. Then I'd go over there on holiday a few times and try not to speak English at all, just to see how I'd get on.

If I couldn't get my language skills up to a standard I was happy with, then I'd seriously consider not going after all.

Is it me that's back to front here? Or is it the Manchester bobbies?