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    Question Tactical Spanish

    Had a van full of illegals the other night and not one of them spoke English. Couldn't find a interpreter to save my life.
    Anyone know of a patrol friendly book/poster/paper for Spanish/English translation. I know in hospitals they have a chart for patients who cant speak that has all kinds of phrases on it and the patient just points to what they want to say. Anything out there for LEO like that?
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    If you have about a $1,000 to spare: http://galls.com/style.html?assort=g...AP444&cat=3843

    If not, I know most law enforcement supply stores carry a pocket spanish for law enforcement officers guide.

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    Kinda like a cue ball, tha harder ya hit 'em, the more English you get outta 'em!
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    How about "Spanish for Law Enforcement" http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/081...lance&n=283155
    or "Quick Spanish for Law Enforcement" http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/007...lance&n=283155
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    Sounds like you guys need some bilingual officers. I work in a town of 150,000 that has a large hispanic population so bilingual officers, such as myself, are at a premium. Most departments are offering bonuses to officers who speak Spanish due to the demand for them.
    Honest, I only had two officer.....

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    Just call one of your partners to your location and causually talk about the situation with him. Make sure that all of the hispanics can hear you. As you are talking to your partner just say, The one with the untied shoe is going to jail. The one that looks down is your new interepter. Trust me this works.

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    The worst thing I've found out about trying to use those "survival spanish" books, is once you say one word, EVERYONE thinks you are as fluent as they are.

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    I have a pocket spanish patrol guide.

    I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0
    Just call one of your partners to your location and causually talk about the situation with him. Make sure that all of the hispanics can hear you. As you are talking to your partner just say, The one with the untied shoe is going to jail. The one that looks down is your new interepter. Trust me this works.
    Yep, that works a lot. I've used that before too. A lot of them can speak a lot better English than they let on. Pretending not to know any is just another way of screwing with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copiceman15601
    Had a van full of illegals the other night and not one of them spoke English. Couldn't find a interpreter to save my life.
    Anyone know of a patrol friendly book/poster/paper for Spanish/English translation. I know in hospitals they have a chart for patients who cant speak that has all kinds of phrases on it and the patient just points to what they want to say. Anything out there for LEO like that?
    There's a blue one that's pretty good (sorry, I don't have the title) -- but there's no substitute for actually learning enough Spanish to get by if you're dealing with them a lot. Check into a law enforcement oriented Spanish class, or find a sympathetic community college instructor who'll work with you outside of class. You'll find that most of what's taught in a traditional "Conversational Spanish" type of class isn't very useful, because odds are that the folks you're talking to won't speak the same Spanish you learn there. Most of the folks you'll likely talk to are uneducated; it'd be like a person who learned British English trying to understand some ghetto gang banger hip hop. And the ordinary classes just don't seem to include useful phrases like "Alto! O yo dispare!" or "Ud. esta arrestada porque..."

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    The only spanish I care to learn is.

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    I took a couple of Spanish courses in the community college. I don't know much but I know enough to get around.
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    i recently aquired some good survival spanish info for law enforcement pm me your address and i will get it together and snail mail it to you.
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    Repeat after me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retdetsgt
    Kinda like a cue ball, tha harder ya hit 'em, the more English you get outta 'em!
    No shit! I have found from experience that they speak real good english when they hear the words "judge", "jail", "arrest", "fine" or "bail". I'm dead serious! Most of the time they pony up and start to speak the king's language when you use those words!

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    Does saying "Hey Bill, get in touch with Bob over at Immigration..." to your cohort have much of an effect?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitestokker
    No shit! I have found from experience that they speak real good english when they hear the words "judge", "jail", "arrest", "fine" or "bail". I'm dead serious! Most of the time they pony up and start to speak the king's language when you use those words!
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    No fair stealing my magic instant English class!

    It's amazing how fast "no habla" becomes "I don't wanna go the fucking jail!"

    Of course, the ones I've had fun with are when they don't realize I speak Spanish. I've sat there and listened to them tell someone that they told me he wasn't there on a warrant service...so use a different name. Or, I've been talking to them in Spanish, they've been doing the "no habla" until I point out that I just happen to be speaking Spanish! The "oh crap...now what" look is priceless!

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    You may check with RCTA (regional counterdrug training academy) I have been to the one in Mississippi and know they have a spanish for police officers class. I believe there are other facilities around the country. Ran by the military so no cost to you or your dept.

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    http://www.dma.state.mn.us/counterdr...ngResCours.htm

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    for future reference, just say the following...

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