| NO. 2005-010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 010
Friday, February 11, 2005
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly Recognizes 80 Members Of Service With Proficiency In "Critical Languages" Half Achieve Perfect Scores
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today recognized
80 members of the New York City Police Department who possess outstanding
proficiency in foreign languages. The ceremony took place in the auditorium at
One Police Plaza on Friday, February 11.|
"One of the remarkable things
about the Police Department is the depth of foreign language talent. It serves
us well in crime fighting, community relations and in our counter-terrorism
efforts," Commissioner Kelly said.
As part of ongoing efforts to build
stronger relationships with federal partners in counter terrorism, the Police
Department has offered the services of its linguists to various U.S. government
agencies. As a result, the Defense Intelligence Agency is using NYPD linguists
to help translate sensitive intelligence material, including terrorist-related
documents captured in Afghanistan. The 17 police officers involved in the
project have been given secret clearances by the U.S. Department of
"Our police officers are getting invaluable experience in
dealing directly with material from the enemy who destroyed the World Trade
Center on September 11, 2001, and who continue to target New York City,"
Commissioner Kelly said. "In addition, our police officers retain their
Department of Defense clearances which is helpful in their ongoing interaction
with Federal agencies and intelligence materials."
The Police Department
developed the linguist program to identify and certify members of service who
read, write and speak foreign languages. The program identified 460 individuals
with language skills in at least one of 35 critical languages. The critical
languages include Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Fukinese, Bengali, Punjabi, Rumanian, and
The participants in this program were tested by Berlitz, the
international language school. Berlitz utilizes a 12-point rating system.
Participants who scored 12 out of 12 on the Berlitz scale were designated as
"Master Linguists" by the Police Department. Members of service who scored a 6
or higher are considered fluent and became a "Certified Linguist."
the 60 in attendance to receive certificates today, 40 achieved the perfect
score of 12.
Spanish and Italian are not included on the list of critical
languages because of the abundance of fluent speakers of both languages already
employed by the Police Department.
The NYPD has Master Linguists or
Certified Department Linguists in the following 35 critical languages: