Police learn Spanish language and customs

Police learn Spanish language and customs

Albany area law enforcement officers reached Spanish language training. The officers learned not only words, but cultural lessons about Latinos.

Officers from several law enforcement agencies in Albany attended the training, provided by the Albany State University Police Department.

The police were taught how to basically communicate with a Latino person who could not speak English, but also the cultural differences that could help the officers deal more effectively the person.

Albany State Police Department Sgt. Santos Ruiz Gonzalez said "When they are talking to a Spanish person, a Latino person, is that they are afraid.  And depending on how you handle yourself and your mannerisms, and your talk to them and communicate, is you got to keep them calm."

Organizers hope the training will help the police officers earn the trust of the Latino community, and let them know the police are here to protect them. 

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