National Police slash translation services

Fecha Publicación: 
7 Junio 2012

Costa police stations still to be covered by volunteer interpreters

Costa del Sol News | Noticia

JUST as the summer season starts to get underway a senior officer within the National Police force, Eugenio Pin, has issued orders prohibiting the use of official translators at National Police stations.

The move is part of an ongoing series of cost cutting measures being implemented by the force.

A letter sent out to all sections of the force said that with immediate effect it was forbidden to use hired interpreters for handling complaints filed at police stations.

This means that in many stations around the country foreign visitors reporting crimes or asking for help will have to hope that the officer dealing with them is able to understand what they want otherwise they will be left out to dry.

However, on the Costa del Sol volunteer interpreter services coordinated by local town halls provide interpreters at not only municipal facilities but also at their local Guardia Civil or National Police stations such as in Mijas, Benalmádena and Torremolinos.  These volunteer services should not be affected by the cuts. 

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