Suffolk police failing residents

Despite touting new translation tools and cursory Spanish-language trainings, Suffolk County police consistently deny basic services to residents with limited English proficiency, according to a coalition of community members and advocates that spoke at a press conference in Bay Shore on September 21.

The press conference featured several speakers who had encountered language problems with police officers in the Bay Shore, Brentwood, and Central Islip area, as well as advocates who said that while Suffolk may have some worthwhile policies on the books, those policies are often ignored in the field.

“Latinos settled here in Brentwood starting in the 1940s,” said Luis Valenzuela, director of the Long Island Immigrant Alliance. “So it’s problematic that we still have people in the community who have not been allowed to gain access because they’re limited English proficient.

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