A special festive party was held in Bannside Presbyterian in honour of the Banbridge Polish School in an event organised by the Policing and Community Safety Partnership.
Special guests included the Honorary Polish Consul, Mr Jerome Mullen, and the Chairman of Banbridge District Council, Councillor Olive Mercer.
Community Safety Wardens Helen Coop provided free marking of mobile phones.
There was also information to raise awareness of the ways in which race-related hate crime can now be reported to the police.
Speaking on behalf of Banbridge PCSP, the vice-chairman Mr Jonathan Murphy, said, “By working with Banbridge Polish School throughout the year, the PCSP has helped to develop the confidence of this community group in the agencies involved with the PCSP and awareness of the services and support that they can provide.
“One of the remits of the PCSP local delivery plan is to reduce the harm caused by all forms of hate crime - in this case race-related hate crime - by increasing awareness of its impact and by increasing community confidence in the ability of the police and the other justice agencies to deal with it effectively.”
For further information on Banbridge PCSP please contact the PCSP staffing team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 406 20248.
For general information about Banbridge policing and Community Safety Partnership please visit: http://www.districtpolicing.com/banbridge.html.