Spanish for Law Enforcement Phase I

Course Description

This intensive course places emphasis on drug terminology, field interrogations, executing arrests and specialized Spanish vocabulary that indicates impending danger. Considerable attention is given to action scenarios and role playing. In addition to Spanish language training, a special cross-cultural component addresses the elimination of non-verbal communication barriers that will enhance officer safety and effectiveness when dealing with Spanish speaking persons.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Use Spanish to identify and remove drivers and passengers from a vehicle; obtain consent to search the vehicle; safely search vehicles and suspects; locate drugs and drug paraphernalia; maintain control of suspects through voice commands; control bystanders; interpret body language; use Spanish drug terminology; and recognize offensive Spanish words.
  2. Describe how the Spanish surname system works; what Latin American identity documents look like; how to identify Latin gang tags and tattoos; how to confirm understanding; how to offer consular notification; and how to identify similarities and differences within Latino subsets.
  3. Describe basic Latino demographics and the primary differences between Latinos and non-Latinos.


Course Length

3 days (24 hours)

Who May Attend This Course