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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Police Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Basic Spanish for Police Officers

1. Introduction to Spanish Language
2. Intermediate Spanish for Police Officers

Course 1: 140 hours (7 weeks); Course 2: 120 hours (6 weeks).

Various locations in New York City.
Course 1: September 1972 - December 1977. Course 2: September 1972 - December 1977.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Courses 1 and 2: To develop in law enforcement officers the basic skills in the Spanish language, with emphasis on conversation, in order that they may communicate more effectively with the Hispanic community in New York City.


Courses 1 and 2: Formulation of the basic grammatical knowledge needed for students to use Spanish properly, and development of an active vocabulary of 1,500 words. All tenses of the indicative; the four cases of articles and nouns; singular and plural forms; pronouns; adjectival endings; basic word order of sentences; the conditional and imperfect forms of regular verbs; irregular verbs. Emphasis is on idioms and terminology applicable to the daily needs of police officers. The course includes the use of group and individual, self-paced instruction with programmed materials, role-playing, and tapes. The course is enriched through planned field experiences in addition to regular classroom instruction covering the culture and history of Hispanics in New York City.

Credit recommendation: 

Courses 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Spanish (10/76). NOTE: Courses 1 and 2 must both be completed to receive credit. If a student obtains the highest possible rating on the scale used in these two courses, and if the Police Department supplies a detailed written evaluation of that student, a school may consider granting additional credit.