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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  August 11, 1999
NEWS FROM: Nevada Division of Investigation 99-143s

Police Get Street Smarter

State Offering Unique Course in "Survival" Spanish

The Nevada Division of Investigation is inviting media coverage of a unique course in street Spanish being taught to police officers this week in Carson City.

"Introductory Survival Spanish for Law Enforcement" is a week-long course designed for the officer who is not fluent in the language. It is designed to help the officer on the street identify dangerous situations and gather the basic facts needed for an investigative report. It also covers the Hispanic culture and court decisions relating to law enforcement handling of spanish-speaking citizens.

Specific topics include street and gang vocabulary, interrogations in Spanish, vehicle stops and danger warning signs. Perhaps most important, officers learn the command and arrest expressions needed to keep the potential use of force to a minimum.

The media is invited to cover hands-on practical exercises Thursday afternoon, August 12th, 1999 at NDI Headquarters in Carson City. To arrange an interview with Instructor Jose Alentado, please call Jaime Davis of NDI at (775) 687-1658.

The Southern Nevada media is invited to arrange a telephone interview with Instructor Jose Alentado on Thursday afternoon, August 12th, 1999. Please call Jaime Davis of NDI at (775) 687-1658.

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