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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  • by Amanda Location: Lexington on Mar 7, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    Please don't forget those hardworking Americans who have a full time job and have to work a second job to care for their families. Don't forget the elderly working Americans who have to choose between medicine and food. Most of them dont receive government handouts. Then we have our illegal immigrant, who doesnt speak English, has a thousand dollars or more in their pocket, drives an expensive SUV and gets government handouts with hardworking American tax dollars. Wake up people! Our country is being taken over, and most of you are just sitting there. For all of you who think we need to help these illegals, thats fine, but we should't have to sacrifice our country to do that. There are Americans who were here first that needed help, shame on you if you have turned your back on them. P.S. Terrorist like open borders too! Remember 9-11?
  • by Where do y'all get this stuff? Location: Lexington on Dec 20, 2007 at 08:36 PM
    Bart, Most european immigrants did not "just show up". They were processed through U.S. government facilities such as Ellis Island, and not all were allowed to pass through. These facilities were designed to weed out the criminals, mentally unstable, etc. Folks wishing to enter the U.S. were inspected and questioned, with the suspected unwanted ones being detained and or deported. I beleive that most american citizens would have little problem with a hispanic immigrant who successfully completed a similar process, since those from other countries do so and few americans are up in arms over their presence. Also, most Japanese wouldn't know english if the queen herself asked them "Wassup?". They have families in homes the size of our motel rooms, and their income is not that great. And, who are the real native americans? The tribes that came down from Alaska, Those from South America, the few that may have landed on our Pacific coast, or the Norse decendants via Nova Scotia?
  • by good ol' KY gal on Dec 20, 2007 at 01:12 PM
    Here's an idea, how about all these folks livin' off uncle sam and on laugh, laugh DISABILITY get off their "to good to do THOSE jobs" rumps and DO the jobs that THOSE illegals are doing and then we would have many of our problems solved BUT WAIT, that would require THOSE people bombarding Wal-Mart right now to buy better Christmas gifts for their kids than mine have when my husband and I both work full time and have an additional part time job have! It sure as daisies doesn't pain them to lift 14 boxs and 15 bags out of the store yet pick up trash, do an honest days work. Sorry, too hard on my back! So get off of the BACKS of those that are trying to make a better life for themselves and their children.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Dec 20, 2007 at 11:45 AM
    Yes the European immigrants came here legally because all they had to do was show up. Now we've decided that because we are here, that we can close the borders to everyone else. You want to throw Japan into that example of yours? They seem to be doing pretty well, and most Japanese speak English. How long will America be the leader? Our education system is abysmal. "U.S. Americans" lag behind the rest of the world. We don't make anything anymore. Our reign at the top is quickly coming to an end, and we have only ourselves to blame. Low work ethic, the "disabled", and moral perversion are all a greater threat to our country than a few Mexicans working in tobacco and painting fences. They are the proverbial dog that people want to kick when they've had a bad day. And the bottom line is that the same people b'ing about Mexicans will hire them when they need some work done at a reasonable price. I'm just sick of "superior" white trash complaining about hard working Mexicans.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Dec 20, 2007 at 08:04 AM
    There is a new report out that 7 out of 10 aliens in the US are here illegally. That seems criminal to me. And anyone knowingly hiring these "folks looking for a better life" shud have a penalty to pay for such actions. The US Senate has now gutted the border fence funding and shud be held accountable as well.
  • by Pedro Location: Vote For Me on Dec 20, 2007 at 04:33 AM
    Bart, you seem to think that racism and hate is behind everything. Some folks just think the law that says it is illegal to sneak into the US should be obeyed. As far as farmers and other shady business folks hiring illegals they need a little legal action taken against them as well. Someone stated that the US is the only industrialized country that speaks one language, that is why we are the leader in the world today. When you get one nation speaking numerous languages then you get a nation that is divided and becomes a nation within a nation..look at Canada..look at Russia.. I ain't gonna apologize for being one of the luckiest folks in the world and that luck was being an American. You liberal minded folks have so much pent up anger at yourselves that you think you can alleviate it by hating your country and actively seeking it's demise. Most of the Irish, Italians and others that came to these shores in the past..did so legally.
  • by tins Location: eastern ky on Dec 19, 2007 at 08:47 PM
    TO EACH HIS OWN... LEARN THE LANGUAGE OR STAY AT HOME!
  • by Karen Location: Lexington on Dec 19, 2007 at 01:30 PM
    Another thing we need to be worried about is the "Mexican Mafia" - has anyone ever watched the show Gangland on TV? It is a eye opener to see what is really going on out there. If you don't think this is going on right here in Lexington - think again. If you know any legal Mexican's, they can tell you. This is going to be safer for our officers to speak Spanish, but we still need free classes for the rest of us to be safe as well.
  • by Bart Location: bamcq@earthlink.net on Dec 19, 2007 at 11:03 AM
    Jose is right! If you are so concerned about them taking jobs, then why is your anger not directed to the farmers that hire them? Still no one can tell me how an illegal person can get government programs. It is just plain hatred and racism toward people who come to America for a better life for their families. Mexicans commit very few crimes in our community. When you do see one in court it is for something like AI or disorderly conduct. No rapists, child molesters, murderers, or meth dealers. People in America 150 years ago were saying the exact same thing about the Irish, the Italians, and Scottish as they are the Mexicans now. You can hate on the Black man anymore, so you have to turn your hatred to the Mexican. Shame on you!
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Dec 19, 2007 at 10:51 AM
    Bart in Harrodsburg, I, for one, am a Native American. I was born here. My parents are Native Americans as well. They were born here. My wife was born in a different country, and to bring her her to the United States, we had to fill out proper paperwork and wait. She also had to prove that she could read, write, and speak ENGLISH FLUENTLY in order to become an American citizen. I feel that it is an insult to all of us Native Americans to have the police learn a foriegn language to make the illegals feel better. I also think that Kentucky should adopt laws like Arizona is about to pass, and have a man like Sherrif Joe Arpaio to enforce the laws.

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