Police in West Palm Beach, Fla. quickly nabbed two armed robbery suspects when a Spanish-speaking victim, using a police-supplied translation card, pointed to a car brand and color and descriptions of the attackers. The cards, introduced recently in West Palm Beach, depict weapons and vehicle manufacturer logos on one side with bi-lingual word descriptions for people, clothing, types of vehicles, and colors on the reverse side.
A West Palm Beach police officer saw a translation card being used by Charlotte-Mecklenburg law enforcement in North Carolina and brought one home to Florida, where it was adopted for use by his department on April 7, 2008. Within four hours of distributing the cards, officers had suspects behind bars in their first use of the translation cards.
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