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    Hi,

    I am a cop in Florida and I am also bilingual (English/ Spanish). We have a HUGE population of non-English speaking people and I am called to translate on a regular basis (I translated on six calls on on Saturday alone). I complete documents in Spanish and even had to do an interview on Spanish TV (Univision). This takes time away from my regular duties and can be a major pain sometimes. By the way, I am not Spanish.

    Anyway, I am wondering if any agencies offer a pay differential or any incentive for bilingual agencies.
    "You are always just one bad decision away from unemployment, prison or death."

    "My profession dictates that I routinely confront the people that the average citizen fearfully crosses the street to avoid. Then I must endure the criticism of that citizen as he judges my actions from afar."

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    At my agency, after a "test" (written and oral interview), you get 5%..... presently in negotiations for more...
    ''Life's tough......it's tougher if you're stupid.''
    -- John Wayne

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    • #3
      That would be nice.
      "You are always just one bad decision away from unemployment, prison or death."

      "My profession dictates that I routinely confront the people that the average citizen fearfully crosses the street to avoid. Then I must endure the criticism of that citizen as he judges my actions from afar."

      www.speforums.com

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      • #4
        We get nothing. The reasoning is that they teach us Spanish so we get nothing extra. Thing is they don't pay for any other languages that they didn't teach you either. I speak basic Russian and some Tagalog and have been called to help with interviews and document translation many times. If I'm lucky enough to get called on a day off I get OT.
        The only thing we have to fear is change itself.

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          My agency pays something like 45 cents an hour after you pass the test.
          If you won't stand behind our troops, PLEASE, feel free to stand in front of them.

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