A WREXHAM police constable is using the gift of the gab to reach minority groups.
Talented cop Keith Sinclair is fluent in several languages, including Welsh, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Slovenian.
Police chiefs were so impressed with the multilinguist they have decided to put his skills to good use by appointing him community beat manager for minority groups in the Wrexham area.
Inspector Chris Beasley explained: 'As police we need to engage with all our communities, especially those that may feel vulnerable and isolated within their new environments.
'Keith has a natural ability in languages and whereas previously we had to rely on the availability of interpreters, Keith's skills have enabled us to improve our lines of communication and provide a more efficient and friendly service to a wide range of minority communities living in the area.'
PC Sinclair has always enjoyed learning languages, and decided it would be useful to learn Polish and Portuguese due to the expanding population of people from these countries in Wrexham.
He said: 'I noticed an increase in the number of Portuguese and Polish speakers, so began learning the languages to enable me to assist in dealing with these sections of the community. Many of them find it difficult to communicate in English.'
Chris Beasley added: 'The feedback thus far from minority groups in the area has been nothing but praise for both the officer and service provided.'