Petr Torák is a police constable in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. He was born in Liberec, where he studied at the Law Academy. He left the Czech Republic in 1999 to seek asylum in the United Kingdom after several racially motivated attacks. Before joining the police, he worked in a factory and as a security guard. Since 2006, Petr has been actively engaged in improving living and working conditions of Roma families in the UK and other European countries. He is a Co-Founder and current Executive Director of the GRTPA (Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association), project coordinator at COMPAS Group and has provided tactical advice to Police Forces across the EU and to OSCE. In 2013, he became a qualified ROMED mediator under the Council of Europe. He speaks five languages and has been applauded for his skills in communication with migrants. In 2015, he was awarded the Most Excellent Order of British Empire (MBE) for his community work with the Roma community in Peterborough.
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