THE first Polish national to join the PSNI was introduced to his new patch yesterday in what was labelled "an historic day" for the Polish community in the province.
Constable Peter Orlowski, who recently finished his training at Garnerville College in Holywood, Co Down, will be policing the Newry area for the next two years of his probation period.
Yesterday, the 35-year-old, who has lived in Northern Ireland for five years, met the area's police commander, Chief Inspector Sam Cordner, and the Honorary Polish Consul for Northern Ireland, Jerome Mullen at the city's town hall.
Speaking to the News Letter after meeting Constable Orlowski, Mr Mullen said he was "delighted to welcome and encourage this fine young man to the PSNI on what is an historic day for the Polish community in Northern Ireland".
He added: "I'm sure he will do a wonderful job for people in the area and will be there to police the entire community, not just the Polish population."
The consul said he hoped Constable Orlowski would encourage other Polish people living in Northern Ireland to join the PSNI, and added that he was aware of one other Polish national currently undergoing training.
He said: "It's wonderful to see this level of integration but the Polish have no issue with that – they are a very outgoing people who have a lot to offer our police force.
"The Polish are a very law-abiding people who want the best for their families and want to work hard, just like the local communities here do. Constable Orlowski is a great symbol of that."