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Lexington Police Break Down Language Barrier

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Lexington is growing by leaps and bounds and many of the people moving to the area speak English as a second language.

This growth, is leading Lexington Police Department to make sure they can "protect and serve" even when there is a language barrier.

One of the departments bi-lingual personnel is Officer Duane Baillio; he's a Spanish translating officer.

Baillio feels that being able to communicate with someone in their native tongue makes building relationships and solving crimes easier when there is a language barrier.

The Lexington Police Department also has officers that speak French, German, Arabic, and several other languages.

The force is actively getting more officers certified to speak a second language.


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