Dennis Roman, commander of the Vieques district. “Our officers want to be able to communicate with the one-third of the island’s population who doesn’t speak English. We also believe it’s critical to have a bilingual police department because of the explosion in tourism over the past few years.”
Since the U.S. Fajardo Regional Commander Antonio Lopez said he’s on the waitlist to get the software too. “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity. This is the way that they train the U.S. military to speak other languages – the officers I’ve spoken to are grateful for the opportunity to learn such a useful professional and life skill on the job.” Lopez added that having more bilingual officers makes Vieques Island an even safer place for residents, tourists, and even the Policia de Puerto Rico themselves. “When the community and police can talk to each and exchange information easily, the whole culture of the island changes. It becomes a very unfriendly environment for criminals.”
Vieques Against Crime (VAC) is a non-profit, citizen-funded organization dedicated to making Vieques Island the safest Island in the Caribbean.
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