New Spanish classes will aid law enforcement and emergency personnel

Posted: Monday, 18 December 2008

DOTHAN—Troy University will be offering two new Spanish language classes for law enforcement and emergency personnel at the Dothan Campus during the spring semester.

With a large population of Spanish-speaking people living in the area, it is critical that law enforcement professionals and emergency responders be able to effectively communicate with Spanish-speaking people, said Kathy Farley of the Continuing Education Center.

Spanish for Emergency Personnel will focus on mastering basic vocabulary related to medical emergency care issues. Students will learn to give clear concise commands, to practice listening and comprehension skills and gain an understanding of basic Hispanic/Latino cultural issues. Topics covered will include patient assessment, injuries and bleeding, cardiac emergencies, parts of the body, childbirth, alcohol and drugs.

Students in the Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel class will learn words and phrases needed to gain and remain in control of any police related situation. Topics will include danger words, officer safety, traffic stops, car accidents, Miranda rights, drunk driving, drug enforcement and victim interviews.

Each course will include an easy to carry manual, instructor handouts and a certificate of completion awarding CEUs for professional hours.

Contact the Continuing Education Center at 334-983-0005 for fee and date information or see the website at