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    The Language Let Down The Language Let Down Presentation Transcript

    • The Language Let-Down:
      Law Enforcement and the ESL Spanish Speaker
    • Police Departments around the country are interacting and facing more Spanish speakers in their communities
      These interactions result in frustrations for members of the community and police
      Hispanic community members can become more isolated and less likely to work with police
      The Problem
    • Fewer Spanish speaking domestic violence aggressors are arrested than other minorities or whites
      Some in the legal system are concerned that translators may not be effective in translating Miranda warnings and other rights to Spanish and other language speakers
      Police can become more authoritarian, impatient, and resistant to resolve and understand conflicts
      The Problem
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSmnaiW34go
      Police Intolerance and Impatience
    • What affect do communication problems and events create for the police and those they serve in Spanish-speaking communities?
      How can Police Departments better patrol, interact, protect, and serve the Spanish-speaking members of their communities?
      Research Questions
    • Question One: What affect do communication problems and events create for the police and those they serve in Spanish-speaking communities?
      Current research includes news stories, social science journals, and some linguistic research articles
      Research comes in the form of anecdotes, quantitative reports, and qualitative interviews
      This paper will focus on all of these forms in order to address the question
    • Question Two: How can Police Departments better patrol, interact, protect, and serve the Spanish-speaking members of their communities?
      Community Policing Theory seems to be the most effective and cutting-edge policing technique to address the communication problems in these communities
    • As a concept and practice it can be difficult to define
      Community Policing depends on decentralization and reorganization of patrol in order to better facilitate two-way communication between citizens and officers. It requires that police be responsive to citizen demands when deciding their local problems and how to set priorities. It also implies a commitment to help communities solve their own problems, lower crime, and improve quality of life (from Community Policing, Chicago Style.)
      Community Policing
    • CP Activities
      Community seminars and meetings
      Neighborhood Watch programs
      Drug prevention and intervention programs
      Small neighborhood police substations
      Organizing youth activities
      Patrolling on horses and bicycles
      Publishing newsletters and PSA’s
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J4zhECqg-4
      Other Outreach Efforts
    • Other Outreach Efforts
      Spanish Translators- volunteers, bilingual officers, and technological devices
      Spanish Language Courses for officers and dispatchers
    • Reinventing the police department can be difficult and met with high levels of resistance, but other methods of policing are not resulting in lower crime, better outcomes, or improved community communications between citizens and officers
      Small and under-resourced departments must continue to look for improvements in policing largely Spanish-speaking segments of their communities
      Community Policing theory seems to impact and resolve issues and communication problems the most effectively
      Research Implications