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Language Can Be a Barrier to Police Investigation

 
Language Can Be a Barrier to Police Investigation
Posted June 16th, 2014 @ 7:44am by WOOD Radio News Team

Walker Police admit that their investigation into the apparent murder of Yolanda Reyes this spring has been hampered by a language barrier. 

Reyes' body was found in a construction site some weeks after she disappeared, but police discovered that witnesses and persons-of-interest were mostly Spanish-speakers.  

Deputy Walker Chief Greg Long told WOOD TV it definitely slowed down the investigation, having to find another police department that could loan them a detective with the proper language skills. 

Long says they're always looking to hire bilingual officers, but Walker's Hispanic population is only five percent and the need arises rarely.

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