Thursday, March 16, 2006

Spanish and Portuguese Languages throughout the world

The Tucson Police Department offers financial incentives for officers and civilian employees to learn Spanish and rewards certified Spanish speakers with a bump in pay.

"There is still a big flow of people from Mexico coming to the Tucson area," said Officer Claude Ralls, who has been with the department for 24 years. "(An) increase of the Spanish-speaking population will (create) more of a demand."

In January, 52 officers passed a certification test. An additional 114 police employees, including civilian employees, receive extra pay for speaking Spanish.

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