Course detail: Essential Spanish for Law Enforcement and Corrections

Essential Spanish for Law Enforcement and Corrections is a 2 1/2 day class designed to assist the officer who has little to no knowledge of the Spanish language. Students will learn the basics of the Spanish language and will be required to learn phrases and words that are helpful when dealing with Spanish speakers. Participants should leave the training with enough knowledge to get through a traffic stop, gather vital information for reports, be able to gauge the knowledge of the Spanish speaker's ability to know or speak English, and ascertain medical needs. There will be a discussion on officer safety concerns with an emphasis on body language dangers.  Culture and customs will be discussed to minimize misunderstandings and predict some behavioral patterns by Latinos.  

There will be a testing component to the course. This will be a scenario that will have mandated components that must be met. 

Core Competencies
  • Participants will be able to determine a Spanish speaker's state of mind and English proficiency by applying their acquired language skills.  
  • Participants will develop rapport with Spanish speakers by recognizing cultural and language cues within the context of a Law Enforcement contact.  
  • Participants will be able to safely conduct a traffic stop, gather vital information for reports and obtain medical needs in Spanish.    

Who should attend
  • Patrol Officers
  • Detectives
  • Supervisors
  • Telecommunicators
  • Detention Officers

  • Lecture
  • Group Discussions with Video/Audio Analysis 
  • Practical Exercises and Scenarios

Course Requirements
  • 100% Attendance
  • Complete a practical exercise and written exam with a combined score of 80% or better. 

Primary Course Objectives
  • Participants will apply rules for Spanish pronunciation. 
  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge of the Spanish alphabet, months, colors and times to obtain vital information to include in reports. 
  • Participants will identify common Spanish greetings and various cultures.
  • The participant will demonstrate knowledge of basic medical needs using acquired Spanish speaking skills. 
  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge by using Spanish phrases for scene control, officer safety tactics, traffic stops and arrest procedures.  

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email KLETC or call 620.694.1400 at least three weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.

 Session Information: LE24029F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 10/16/23 and ending on 10/18/23
Times: 08:00am-05:00pm CDT




This session is scheduled to take place in Integrity Auditorium. Onsite registration will begin at 0730 on October 16, 2023. Please dress in layers as the temperature in the room may be difficult to adjust. KLETC Dormitory Information- For those attendees who desire to come in the night before, please come to the Main KLETC Entrance marked on the map, it is near the flag pole and marked with a large "A". You may check into your room between 4:00 PM and 10:00 PM Monday through Friday. If you are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, the doors are open from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. If you arrive after 10:00 PM the doors will be locked, however, you can contact security at 316-239-8882, and after answering their questions, they will assist you in getting room keys. Checkout time is 8:00 AM on your departure day or last day of training, please have all personal items removed at that time. All lodging attendees will find an envelope containing their room key at the front desk in the main lobby reception area. Sheets and a blanket are furnished for our guests. Items you may wish to bring: Alarm Clock, Bath Towels, Wash Cloths, Soap, Shampoo, Hair Dryer, Pillow and Pillowcase, and an Extra Blanket. Weapon Safety - KLETC adopted a new weapons policy effective July 1, 2017. The concealed carry of handguns shall be permitted on the KLETC Campus, including all buildings and public areas to the maximum extent possible while ensuring the safety of the staff, students, and guests in a training environment. The open carry of firearms shall be prohibited unless necessary for instruction in an authorized training program. Nothing in this procedure is intended to interfere with a law enforcement officer performing his or her official law enforcement duties on the KLETC campus. Law Enforcement officers attending continuing education or basic training classes, or attending meetings or other academy-related events, are permitted to carry their firearms while on the KLETC campus. Law enforcement officers carrying a firearm on the KLETC campus must possess appropriate agency identification. ABSOLUTELY NO student, instructor, or role player is allowed to carry any firearm into an area where signage stating "no live weapons or ammunition is allowed in training safety areas" is present. You are responsible for ensuring that your firearm is secured in a safe, reasonable, and acceptable manner while on the KLETC campus. Questions regarding this policy for continuing education students, instructors, or guests may be directed to the KLETC Assistant Director for Professional Development and Continuing Education. Refund/Cancellation Policy: A full refund of lodging fees will be available if requested in writing and received by KLETC ten days prior to the beginning date of the seminar. After that date, but prior to the seminar, refunds will be made, but a $25.00 administrative fee will be charged. No refunds will be made after the starting date of the seminar. If you have any questions concerning this session, please contact KLETC at 620.694.1400 or by email at you again for your willingness to participate. We look forward to seeing you at KLETC!!


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Tana Richards
Douglas Durham

Facility Detail

KLETC Campus
Integrity Auditorium
11009 S. Hornet Road
Hutchinson, KS 67501
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Integrity Auditorium

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $25.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 10 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.