Iowa law enforcement officials say language barriers hinder services

11/16/2009 | Sioux City Journal (Iowa)

Law enforcement officers and emergency services dispatchers in Sioux City, Iowa, say language barriers are challenging their efforts to help residents during emergencies. Some residents who do not speak English are afraid to call for help because of concerns that they will not be understood or will face discrimination. Law enforcement officials say they are looking to hire more bilingual employees and are providing foreign language training -- including a Spanish course for police -- to existing employees.

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