Excerpted from Fox News Latino: Police officers in Jackson, Mississippi are now required to take a Spanish-language class four times a year, according to Jackson Police Department Police Chief Lee Vance.
“The purpose of this program is for our officers to learn basic commands,” said Vance. “We’re not looking to make anybody fluent.”
Vance also said the Spanish class is a part of a pre-scheduled Jackson Police Department’s in-service training program which included topics like constitutional law and reviewing pursuit policies.
Each Spanish class is two-hours long and mandatory for all officers. If an officer refuses to attend the class – which has never happened – he or she could face disciplinary action that will be determined on a “case by case basis,” a police spokeswoman said.
“The program is designed for people who have no knowledge of the Spanish language,” said Dr. Brian Phillips, who is one of the professors teaching the class on a volunteer basis. He believes it is critically important for first responders — like police officers — to learn Spanish. Keep reading