Spanish for Law Enforcement Certificate
The Certificate in Spanish for Law Enforcement is specifically designed to meet the needs of law-enforcement officers, correctional officers, public and private security personnel, and for those students seeking employment in a relevant field. To successfully complete the certificate, students must take all four courses regardless of their preexisting level of Spanish. Courses are offered in regular 16-week semester sessions. For example, Elementary Spanish I and Elementary Spanish II are offered in one year and Intermediate Spanish I and Spanish for Law Enforcement are offered in the subsequent year. This way, the student completes the entire certificate in two years. Students will learn basic practical language skills that will assist them as criminal justice practitioners in a number of situations such as law-enforcement commands and dealing with suspects, victims, and witnesses; prison populations; and border and immigration issues. Students will also learn about Hispanic culture and customs so they can better understand the needs of members of their communities.