Police in recruitment drive to engage with Eastern Europeans
Six multilingual recruits have begun training with Lincolnshire Police as part of a drive to make the force more representative.
About 30% of people in the south of the county are from an Eastern European background, according to police chiefs.
Chief Constable Bill Skelly said a lack of officers who speak Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian made it hard to engage with those communities.
One Polish recruit said she hoped to make a real difference.
Gosia Golata has been working in the UK for 10 years.
She said: "Polish people will often avoid the police because they are afraid to come forward.
"It's because they can't communicate properly."
"I'm hoping I will be able to connect with them and make a difference," she added.
The new recruits were chosen from more than 100 applicants after a campaign to find people with language skills.
A current recruitment drive is also welcoming applications from people with relevant second languages.
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Mr Skelly said it was vital as the force only currently had "three or four people who can represent those communities".
"It is a problem for us because it impedes our communication - our ability to relate to those communities."
The 2011 census found that in Boston about 13% of the town was born elsewhere in the EU - largely East European migrants who arrived after 2004.