Bulletin Reports 

Language Barriers

Bridging the Language Divide: Promising Practices for Law Enforcement is an Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) report that discusses overcoming language barriers. Changing demographics across the United States have led to a need for law enforcement agencies to be able to communicate more effectively with the people in their jurisdictions. The COPS Office and the Vera Institute of Justice formed a partnership to identify and disseminate promising practices that some police departments have implemented so that others can model programs after these to address language barriers they face. The report (NCJ 227423) can be accessed at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service’s website, http://www.ncjrs.gov.