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Does not speaking Spanish put you in danger?

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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

I wrote a little article on this subject:

http://policelink.monster.com/training/articles/3456-spanish-in-todays-policing

Do you encounter Spanish speakers or Spanish-only speakers in your area? Are you frustrated with an inability to understand these people? Illegal immigration is only increasing the likelihood that you will encounter one such person. What will you do when there is no one to respond and translate for you?

I wish every department offered a Spanish course or would at least pay for a Spanish course for every officer interested. Spanish speaking Americans and aliens (legal and illegal) are increasing every year. Food for thought.


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cas pasa?

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all the time and watch for emotional inflicts and body language is my advise. At least learn a few derogatory works and LISTEN for them.

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Goten Morgan minn herr.....oops thats german...

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It can..........In memory of Nacogdoches County Texas Constable Darrell Lunsford

Rest in Peace Darrell

WARNING: GRAPHIC for SOME

http://www.nothingtoxic.com/media/1152098627/Cop_Murdered_With_His_Own_Gun

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Darrell never had a clue they were talking about ambushing him........one lesson to be learned for you new guys and gals, no disrespect to Darrell, is never let multiple subjects exit a vehicle while your alone.

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It really concerns me when perps talk and you cant understand what they are saying, I just watch body language that much more closely. I say yes it is dangerous

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DetSgtDarryl said:

all the time and watch for emotional inflicts and body language is my advise. At least learn a few derogatory works and LISTEN for them.

Excellent advice! Most of the signs (body language, eye movement, speech patterns, etc...) precipitating violence are universal. Good officer safety tactics learned in the academy should be continuously practiced. Pay attention to what's going on around you and recognize when you are at a disadvantage. (i.e., more than one subject, terrain, weather, physical conditioning etc...) The individual officer should seek out his own training, and if nothing else read a book like "Spanish for Police" to recognize key words and phrases. Don't wait for the department to implement training you know you need now. Stay safe all.

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

I recommend a book by BARRON'S. "Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel". Has a lot of specific scenario question / answer translations. It's a soft cover with just over 400 pages. Be Safe!

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We have to attend a Spanish class tomorrow, however, it's only three days long!! I also agree with Vince...the only way that I see right now is to teach yourself...with that being said (since no one is going to learn anything fluently within three days) we are grabbing recommended books and seeking 'key' words for now...its rediculas that some of us want to learn and are trapped by budgets within the agency!


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Yes it is! If I did not understand Spanish my wife and I would have been robbed while on vacation and visiting Santo Domingo. The suspects, including our 'guide' openly talked about robbing us and where not knowing that I understood them. Because of this I was able to frustrate them by revering course whenever we got close to the ambush area. Same can happen on any encounter on the street. If you do not know what they are talking about it could be about taking you down. All departments should be willing to pay for a Spanish-speaking course for their Officer now.

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Our officers attend Spanish for Law Enforcement classes, however, this is a "use it or lose it" skill, and most seem to lose it quickly. The main problem is the speed at which the Spanish is spoken, compared to the rate that we can absorb it. We have contact with and arrest a fair number of Spanish speaking people here. As with any suspect, watch the hands, eyes and body language.

As for me..."no habla" about covers it!


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NO MAS RAPIDO, HABLO NO MAS RAPIDO POR FAVOR. (close enough) you get my point.
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NOT SO FAST. SPEAK NOT AS FAST PLEASE!**************Have them write it down possibly. Use the Alta Babel fish translator online. You can translate from any language to and from spanish fast.


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AdrenalineJunkie said:

It can..........In memory of Nacogdoches County Texas Constable Darrell Lunsford

Rest in Peace Darrell

WARNING: GRAPHIC for SOME

http://www.nothingtoxic.com/media/1152098627/Cop_Murdered_With_His_Own_Gun

This is the reason Texas Peace Officers now have to take Spanish for Law Enforcement in the academies and as an advancement of certificates.

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This is AMERICA... learn our language or GO THE HELL HOME...

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Now that I have composed myself... Yes it is dangerous not to understand KEY phrases... but I do not need to know how to speak Spanish, German, French, if I watch body language, eye gestures and figure out were about to have a problem. There are also cultural Clues that indicate whats going on.

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Everyone realizes that a draw handgun is the symbol to stop right the heck now. I plan on learning Spanish before becoming active in Law Enforcement.

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SGTRuark said:

Everyone realizes that a draw handgun is the symbol to stop right the heck now. I plan on learning Spanish before becoming active in Law Enforcement.

Really, your vast Law Enforcement experience tells you that? I've had my weapon pointed at perps and they've taken it as an invitation to a gunfight.


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mlar297 said:


SGTRuark said:


Everyone realizes that a draw handgun is the symbol to stop right the heck now. I plan on learning Spanish before becoming active in Law Enforcement.


Really, your vast Law Enforcement experience tells you that? I've had my weapon pointed at perps and they've taken it as an invitation to a gunfight.


I meant that with in the contest that it doest endanger the Cop as much as the media will take that and turn it into the cop shot the guy because he didn't now Spanish. No offense meant but handguns have very low physiological stopping power.