Policing through Interpreters

With Saskatoon’s ever growing and diverse community, Police officers are encountering an increasing number of incidents where language is a barrier in gaining information. In an effort to eliminate said barrier, SPS brought forth the idea of training interpreters to assist police a few years ago.

The program and training would provide participants with information and education on interpretation skills, legal terminology and legal processes. It also would offer participants an in-depth look at various specialized units within the service and the different types of investigations police officers complete.

For its innovation, this program was recognized and received funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada in 2011.

This initiative is an effort to improve the quality and timeliness of interpreter services, to ensure Charter Rights are fully protected, and to support the effectiveness and efficiency of the justice system.

The goal of the program is to provide bilingual (or multilingual) participants with the skills and knowledge necessary for the delivery of effective interpreter services for the justice system in Saskatoon.

On Friday, March 22, 2013, 19 individuals graduated from the third class of the Interpreter Training for Policing program.

Congratulations to all our Interpreters!

2013 - Interpreters Grad

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2 Responses to Policing through Interpreters

  1. Liz Hartman says:

    I am curious what languages now have interpreters with the SPS? This is a great program for Saskatoon as we continue to see more and more immigrants moving here.

    • Thanks for the question, Liz. We have an extremely diverse group of interpreters who are fluent in the following languages:
      Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Arabic, Azeri, Bengali, Bosnia, Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Croatian, Dari, Fante(from Ghana), Filipino (Tagalog), French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Karen, Kazakh, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Korean, Kyrguz, Persian (Farsi), Pashto, Portugese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Serbian, Swahili, Taiwanese, Tigre, Tigrinia, Turkish, Turkmen, Twi (from Ghana), Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek and Vietnamese.

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