Bilingual Police Officers

Officer Jerry Corbitt, with the Bowling Green Police Department speaks both English and Vietnamese.

Corbitt says, "It's really beneficial for the police department as well as the city to have officers who speak a second language, or who are bilingual."

Officer Corbitt says if an officer can't communicate with a victim or suspect, the department has a language line that can help. However, there may be a delay, so he says having an officer speak the language is easier and others in the community agree.

Karl Miller, the co-founder and co-president of Keen Intuitions, a company that provides the Bowling Green Police Department with classes on the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.

Miller says, "A lot of times I think some international individuals may commit an offense or something we see as an offense, but in their country, it would be seen differently."

Miller says in the past two years, around 25 officers have taken the class and hopes it provides the officers with a greater understanding of the people in the community.

For more information about Keen Intuitions, you can log onto www.keenintuitions.com.


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