Officer Survival and Communication Spanish
The growing population of Latinos in the United States has resulted in increased interaction between law enforcement officers and individuals whose native language is Spanish. Law enforcement officers with little or no knowledge of the Spanish language and culture are at a disadvantage in these encounters. Officials may react inappropriately when they cannot understand what is being said and they are unable to gather information, offer assistance or give commands when necessary.
Officer Survival and Communication Spanish is a program designed to provide an in-depth Spanish language training experience. This class will be held August 29-31 at the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock. After the second day of the program, students are only permitted to speak Spanish. Five tenses of Spanish are introduced during this three-day program.
THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED FOR OFFICERS WITH LITTLE OR NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE.
At the end of this course, officers will be able to:
- Complete a preliminary police report, an accurate report obtaining personal information from Spanish speakers, complete citation or booking report using a method developed and validated!
- Conduct a traffic stop, high risk traffic stop and affect an arrest using short phrases and words to reduce their agencies’ liability (based on validation study).
- Be familiar with “street Spanish” which will reduce danger and make them better prepared for criminal investigations.
- Be knowledgeable of culture and customs that will minimize misunderstandings and help officers, to some extent, predict behavioral patterns by Latinos.
Luis Uribe retired from the Pennsylvania State Police after more than 20 years of service. During his time with the Pennsylvania State Police, he served as a patrol officer, undercover officer, airport interdiction officer and an intelligence officer. Currently, he is working as an independent contractor teaching “Survival Spanish” for law enforcement and interpreting for the Yuba City School District in Yuba City, California.
For more information, contact Kim Hendricks at 501-570-8041.