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Highway Patrol has no need for official translators

Date: September 19, 2007
By: Ben DeMeyer
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: In the wake of a car crash in Clayton involving an illegal immigrant, The Missouri Highway Patrol says they have an plan in place to handle any language barriers.

Ben DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more from the State Capitol. 

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The Director of the Missouri Highway Patrol's Public Information Division, Captain Tim Hull, says he does not think dealing with non-English speakers is a problem.

The Patrol does not employ anyone who acts exclusively as an interpreter, but Hull says he is confident in the system they have in place.

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Description: And again, we have several officers that are trained and experienced and proficient in various languages.

Hull says the Patrol keeps a list of all officers who can speak languages other than English, and will call on them if an interpreter is necissary, even if that officer is off duty.

From the state capitol, this is Ben DeMeyer.

 


Intro: After a Spanish-speaking illegal immigrant crashed an SUV in Clayton, the Missouri Highway Patrol says they have a system to deal with language barriers.

Ben DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more from the state capitol.

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According to Captain Tim Hull, the Missouri Highway Patrol's Director of the Public Information Division, the Patrol does not employ anyone exclusively as an interpreter. Instead, Hull says the Patrol keeps a list of officers proficient in more than one language, and calls on them to act as translators when necessary.
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Description: Occasionally those officers may get called out at night to come assist with a case that somebody is working on

Hull says the system is effective, and does not for see the need to hire individuals to work exclusively as interpreters.

From the Jefferson City, this is Ben DeMeyer.


Intro: Following the crash in Clayton of an SUV driven by an illegal immigrant, the Missouri Highway patrol says they are always working to reduce language barriers.

Ben DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more from Jefferson City.

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The Director of the Missouri Highway Patrol's Public Information Division, Captain Tim Hull, says rather than hire translators, the Patrol keeps a list of officers proficient in languages other than English.

Hull says the Patrol is working on other ways to reduce language problems in law enforcement.

 
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Description: The Patrol is also experimenting with some software with the in-car computer systems which make it capable to communicate in several different languages.


Hull says the multi-lingual officers may be called on to assisst others even while they are off duty.

From the state capitol, this is Ben DeMeyer.