With more and more Spanish-speaking people living in the United States every year, learning the Spanish language is becoming ever more important—especially in the field of law enforcement, where clear and quick communication is crucial. Whether you’re new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this online Spanish course will give you the basic tools you need for everything from making casual conversation to handling life-or-death situations. Better yet, you’ll focus specifically on Spanish for law enforcement officers, skipping the “touristy” phrases you don’t need to know. You’ll start with simple vocabulary for everyday topics including colors, numbers, conversational phrases, family names, and words for asking questions. Next, you’ll learn Spanish terminology you can use during arrests, traffic stops, medical emergencies, and other common law enforcement situations. Entertaining games and stories will help you gain awareness about Latin American culture as you build a strong foundation in basic Spanish that will benefit you for years to come.
Tara Bradley Williams has authored several Spanish textbooks and occupational Spanish reference guides, including the "¡A Conversar!" and "¡A Trabajar!" series. She taught Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school and community college levels for over 10 years. She has also operated a Spanish language school and served as a medical interpreter. Tara has BA degrees in Spanish and Sociology from St. Norbert College and an MA in Higher Education and Adult Studies from the University of Denver. She has studied Spanish at the Universidad de Ortega y Gasset in Toledo, Spain and has lived and traveled extensively in Spain and Latin America.