A guide to multi-lingual law enforcement
When police officers encounter any of the 21 million U.S. residents who do not speak English well, their attempts to enforce the law can be severely hindered. “Overcoming Language Barriers: Solutions for Law Enforcement,” a new publication from the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice, includes tips such as developing a language access policy and training interpreters. The guide was created by the center’s Translating Justice project, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. To download the publication, visit www.vera.org/overcomlangbarriers.