City sergeant tackles child abuse in Cuba
Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 22:46
A Bath policeman has been using his experience in the force to help
child abuse investigators in Central America.
Sgt Nick Quine, who is based at Bath police station, has been using his
fluent Spanish to train specialist interviewers in Cuba and the
He has been helping them learn how to deal with very young witnesses and
how to use video recording techniques so they do not have to give
evidence in open court.
Sgt Quine, whose experiences as a foster parent convinced him to get
involved in child protection, said the work was very rewarding.
He said: "It's a cliché, I know, but I really did join the police so I
could help people, and that's what I'm able to do day-to-day.
"The extra work I do on these projects can make a difference to a whole
country, so it's really rewarding."
Sgt Quine spent five years working with a police child abuse
investigation team, before moving to the Avon and Somerset training
department in 2001. A former colleague remembered his language skills
and he was recommended to join the former Chief Constable of
Gloucestershire, Tony Butler, on a trip to Chile.
Since then he has been working on projects across Latin America and the
Sgt Quine said: "I genuinely do feel privileged to be involved in what
we are doing.
"I joined the police after completing a degree in Latin American studies
and I never thought this would have any bearing on my career, apart from
the occasional chat with tourists.
"It's great my language skills and police experience are being used to
help vulnerable children overseas."
The growth of the internet means police forces across the world are
working together to tackle child abuse cases.
A charity, The Child Protection Development Trust, has been set up to
raise money to help these projects.
Mr Butler and Sgt Quine are looking for donations from businesses and
individuals. Visit www.cpdtrust.org.
Bath policeman Nick Quine is helping child abuse victims in Cuba and the
Dominican Republic (16 September 2009)