Spanish Phrases and Vocabulary for Police Officers
Today, the United States sees impressive growth in the population of Spanish speakers in the nation. So much so that it is now the country with the second-largest amount of Spanish speakers in the world! This poses a new challenge for police officers working in the US who must also serve citizens who speak little to no English.
Pulling someone over or interviewing a witness would be impossible to do without the ability to understand one another. Can you imagine being a police officer in a situation like that? Language barriers can be frustrating. While the percentage of US inhabitants who can’t speak English is rapidly decreasing, understanding Spanish is still an invaluable asset to any police officer.
Overcome the Barrier
If you’re a police officer who wants to make your job easier by learning Spanish words and phrases that will help you out in the field, you’re in the right place. Today’s vocabulary will be a great addition to your toolbelt, making your duty to protect and serve a little bit smoother.
Know Your Numbers
Learning plenty of useful vocabulary is sure to make your job a lot easier. Reduce your language barriers even more by learning Spanish numbers, especially since speed limits vary from one street to the next.
On-the-Job Spanish Phrases
In the meantime, let’s look at common phrases that will prove useful in the field!
|Get out of the vehicle||Bájese del auto|
|Your license and registration, please||Su licencia y registro, por favor|
|Put your hands up!||Manos arriba!|
|I can escort you home||Yo lo puedo escoltar a casa|
|Is there a problem?||¿Hay algún problema?|
|How can I help you?||¿Cómo puedo ayudarle?|
|Where are you headed?||¿A dónde se dirige?|
|We got a noise complaint, could you turn it down?||Recibimos una queja por ruido. ¿Podrían bajar el volumen?|
|Please wait here||Por favor espere aquí|
|Can I get your contact info?||¿Me podría dar su información de contacto?|
Don’t Forget Formalities
Another important aspect of police work is politeness or formality. Did you know Spanish has three levels of formality when addressing someone? Read about how to use pronouns correctly to avoid simple mistakes.
Spanish-Speaking Police Officers
Being a police officer is hard work. Protecting the public requires a quick-witted and honorable character. Expanding our knowledge in hopes of becoming better is a sign of wisdom, a trait that is indispensable regardless of your craft. If you’re more of a “hands-on” learner, why not take a free class with our Spanish experts at HSA? With help from our local Spanish experts, communicating is made easy!
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