A Facebook page written in Polish has been set up by police officers in Bognor Regis in a bid to engage more easily with the Eastern European community in the Arun district.
The Operacja Akcent - Operation Accent - Facebook account, which was launched on July 2, already has more than 100 ‘friends’.
Sergeant Rachel Glenton, who heads the Operation Accent community team, said: “Within Bognor there is a large population of Polish people and the vast majority of them do not know how to contact police, either as a witness or a victim.
“Social media is a very powerful tool so we are using it to try and engage more easily with this section of the community.
“It’s not just about overcoming the language barrier - although this is, of course, extremely important - but also about building trust between our Polish residents and the police.
“This isn’t going to provide instant success, but is one of just a number of ways we are trying to reach into the community and work with them to reduce crime and vulnerability.”
As well as explaining how to report a crime, visitors can also find out about incidents that have occurred together with details of how to contact the police.
Anyone with information which would assist Operation Accent can contact police on 101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information follow Sgt Glenton on Twitter at @SergeantGlenton or visit www.facebook.com/BognorPolice