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Getting Here

Animation in which a young Polish man retraces the surprising steps that led him to find his place in Northern Ireland society and call Belfast his home.


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My name is Lukasz Adamczyk and I come from Poland.

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I was born in a small village in Poland

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and all my memories from being a child will be connected to football.

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I played for a local team, and then whenever I was older

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there was a big team, we can call it,

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just came in and then placed the offer on the table.

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But obviously I was only 14,

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so at that stage when your parents are controlling what you do in life,

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in your life, and my mum didn't let me go and play for that team,

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so I stayed local but I was still... good level I played at.

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That's what helped me to settle down in Northern Ireland.

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You're very welcome here to Belfast City Airport.

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There was four of us

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who were thinking about going abroad and work.

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When we arrived, 10th of May 2005,

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it was 9am, Wednesday morning, I remember it.

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We didn't have accommodation, we didn't have work,

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so obviously we were looking somewhere to stay.

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When we found accommodation, you know, we started looking for work.

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First post was kitchen porter,

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washing dishes they have at the busy canteens.

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After that I was promoted to the room service.

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I ended up doing the office work in the canteen, which was good.

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That was something related to my background from Poland,

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finance and banking background, so I enjoyed.

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I met an officer who is attached to PSNI

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and who wanted learn some Polish.

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She encouraged me to apply.

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PSNI was an answer here, I thought.

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Every day is different in the response.

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You just go from call to call.

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You deal with complaints, you know, and you do interview people

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in relation to, you know, crime they have committed or not.

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You go to court. You give evidence in court.

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GLASS SHATTERS

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When you have time, you do some proactive work on the ground,

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trying to reduce domestic rates for burglaries and antisocial behaviour.

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Sudden deaths, as a response officer you need to go and collect evidence.

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You need to sometimes just push the door, and that's the one thing

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that really stays in your mind.

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Young-people deaths or road-traffic collision,

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it's not the nicest experience, but it is part of your job

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and you need to be ready to do it.

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I try not to talk at home about work

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because there's incidents or problems that are sensitive

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and I always say, less my wife know, less problems she has,

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and it's the same with my parents back home.

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They are proud that I'm a police officer,

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but there's aspects of security

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that I don't really want them to know about

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because they have own life over there,

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they do not have to worry about me.

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I'm an adult. I can look after myself.

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Hello, Constable Lukasz Adamczyk speaking.

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HE SPEAKS IN POLISH

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I do work here, most of my friends are living here.

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Definitely Northern Ireland's home.

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