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Spanish for Law Enforcement

With more and more Spanish-speaking people living in the United States every year, learning the Spanish language is becoming ever more important. In the law enforcement field, mastering basic Spanish will give you more power to handle situations involving Spanish-speaking victims, witnesses, or criminals. It's also a smart career move, because adding Spanish skills to your resume can open doors to new job opportunities.

Whether you're new to the Spanish language or just want a refresher, this course will teach you the basic Spanish phrases you need for everything from making casual conversation to handling life-or-death situations. You'll start with simple vocabulary for everyday topics including colors, numbers, conversational phrases, family names, and words for asking questions. You will learn Spanish terminology you can use during arrests, traffic stops, medical emergencies, and many other common law enforcement situations. By the end of this six-week course, you will be well on your way to being a Spanish speaker and communicating more effectively with the Spanish speakers all around you.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting April 17 | May 15

Spanish for Law Enforcement


Details + Objectives

Course Code: sle

What You Will Learn
  • Practice the fundamentals of conversational Spanish, with an emphasis on application to the field of law enforcement
  • Learn Spanish terminology you can use during arrests, traffic stops, medical emergencies, and many other common law enforcement situations
  • Identify Spanish words used by emergency responders and law enforcement professionals
  • Discover how to use Spanish under pressure - when clear and quick communication is crucial
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Open doors to new job opportunities by adding Spanish skills to your resume
  • Gain confidence in your ability to use and understand Spanish - even under pressure
  • Learn the Spanish phrases you need for everything from making casual conversation to handling life-or-death situations


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Week 1

Master the building blocks of Spanish. You will discover how easy it is to spell and pronounce words en español. Then, learn the Spanish words for family members, and pick up some easy conversational phrases you can use every day on the job. You will learn pronouns and explore the role of gender in Spanish.

Week 2

Learn the Spanish words for colors and directional words (with some prepositions thrown in as a bonus). You will also learn how to count all the way to 199. Then, discover a simple conjugation system that uses only three tenses (present, easy past, and easy future).

Week 3

Discover how to query your witnesses or suspects en español. You will examine powerful words for describing objects, people, and feelings. Then, learn how to describe age, hair color, ethnicity, legal status, and clothing. You will be introduced to four handy little words (este, esta, ese, and esa) that will help you stretch out your sentences.

Week 4

Discover how to talk about the hours of the day, the days of the week, and the months of the year in Spanish. You will learn how to identify the major parts of the body and obtain answers in emergencies by asking questions like “Where does it hurt?,” “Are you ill?,” and “What happened?” Then, learn Spanish words relating to the neighborhood and tour the buildings and places in a typical town.

Week 5

Identify Spanish words for emergency responders and law enforcement professionals. You will learn words for criminals and check out the weapons they’re likely to use. Then, learn words for describing drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You will discover lots of phrases to describe specific traffic violations.

Week 6

Learn lots of useful commands for getting people to do what you want. You will even practice saying the all-important Miranda warning in Spanish. Finally, learn Spanish words that can help you deal with common medical conditions and add to your repertoire of commands for emergency and nonemergency situations.

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Instructors & Support

Tara Bradley Williams

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.




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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