FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Autonomous Robots Prevent Crime

Ask The Expert

Stacy Dean Stephens

VP Marketing & Sales

Criminal Justice Degrees - Columbia Southern University
Let Columbia Southern University help you change your community with an MBA in...

Top News

Houston PD Needs More Bilingual Officers

January 11, 2010  | 

Nearly one of every five Houston police officers are certified in a second language, yet at least one bilingual officers' group say additional officers are needed to communicate with non-English speakers, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The news outlet quotes Rosalinda Ybanez, a Houston police officer who is president of the Organization of Spanish Speaking Officers, as saying the agency doesn't have enough Spanish-speaking officers in a city where the population is estimated to be 42 percent Hispanic.

The Houston Police Department provides $1.9 million annualy in additional pay for the 1,046 bilingual-certified officers, which make up nearly 20 percent of the department's 5,300-officer force.

Of the 1,046, 904 are certified in Spanish. Others are certified in Vietnamese, two dialects of Chinese and Korean.

Read the full story.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Colorado Officer Fired for Racial Slur to be Re-Hired
Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said in a Facebook post that Lieutenant Charles DeShazer...
CopsWest Training and Expo Gets Social
This year the California Peace Officers' Association is offering many ways to network and...
POA President: Detroit Losing Police Officers
Detroit Police Officers Association President Mark Diaz says that the department is losing...

Police Magazine