Tuesday, April 5, 2005

State promotes online Spanish class for police

The Tennessean reports that police officers in Nashville are taking online courses in a continuing effort to overcome communication barriers with Hispanics who have difficulty communicating in English.

"State education officials have launched a campaign to encourage law enforcement and correctional officers statewide to sign up for the new online classes."

"The course, Intensive Survival Spanish for Law Enforcement, costs $120, and can be easily accessed by any officer with a computer and an Internet connection. The learning will take place in cyberspace and includes Spanish-language audio clips, communication with the professor, and live tutoring."

The online courses add to the in-person Spanish courses being taken by some Nashville officers.

"Metro Officer Emmett Hunt is among several officers taking classes from a professor at the Police Department's South precinct."

"'As Hunt said, 'Any Spanish you can learn is going to benefit you.'"

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