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Spanish Level I Officer Survival and Communication

Length of Seminar: 3 Days
Instructor: Adam Chacon

Course Overview:

This course is designed to take officers with little or no knowledge of the Spanish language and have them complete a preliminary report, citation, or booking report using a method developed and validated! Your personnel will be able to affect an arrest, traffic stop and high risk traffic stop in a practical exercise. Also, this program will familiarize your personnel with “Street Spanish” in an effort to reduce danger and better prepare your officers for criminal investigations. Latino culture and customs will be discussed.

Upon Completion:
Participants will be able to:

• Alphabet, numbers 0-9 & rules of Spanish pronunciation
• Obtaining accurate biographical information, identifiers and physical descriptors in Spanish
• Pivotal phrases and interview control techniques to quickly obtain information and avoid being
• overwhelmed with conversational Spanish
• Arrest commands to prepare suspects for handcuffing and phrases to assert scene-control while gaging compliance and maintaining officer safety
• Handle general/unknown-risk and known-risk/high-risk traffic stops with Spanish-speakers
• Recognize street slang, gang slang, drug terms weapons terms and precautionary and imminent danger expressions, enhancing situational awareness and officer safety
• Gage the interviewee’s knowledge of English
• Understand cultural and behavioral cues to better navigate interactions with Spanish-speakers
• Case law on Limited English Proficiency & best practices to avoid specific legal pitfalls




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