Bloomington Police Struggle With Language Barrier


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BLOOMINGTON, IN. Bloomington boasts more than 8,500 who claim another language as their mother tongue.  Of those, 2,300 are Hispanic.  Just two Bloomington police officers are fluent in Spanish, and there are no interpreters on the BPD payroll.

Police leaders say the city’s legal system is struggling to bridge language and cultural barrier. WFIU’s Emily Loftis reports.



The Bloomington Police Department has two bilingual officers, but no bilingual dispatchers to answer emergency calls, though they often use phone interpreters during emergency situations…

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