According to my opinion, an important question to an Emergency Services Personnel in the federal government’s Limited English Proficiency website is question thirteen. This question seeks to identify the advantages and disadvantages of giving a non-bilingual police officer cards that contain pictures and bilingual descriptors to aid in getting a description of a fleeing suspect from witnesses and the suspects on the scene. This question is particularly important to emergency response because it encourages efforts that ensure that timely, effective, and quality communications take place between a law enforcement bodies, an emergency response team, and a limited English proficiency individual.
The use of universal pictures and symbols in the card are said to be temporarily important in bridging the gaps that exists in a situation where there are communication gaps cost-effectively while waiting for an interpreter or a competent bilingual staff to give the full details of the information. Even though this is not an appropriate action according to the regulations that exist, it serves as the best emergency response to the demanding situations.
Other than the symbols and the pictures, the cards also contain instructions and descriptive words both in English and the target language and thus could be very useful tools if they are of high translation capabilities, offer options with wide breath, and used in an appropriately limited manner to provide information in such criminal emergencies. However, in the real sense, vital information relating to criminal activities requires an interpreter or a bilingual staff to seek clearer information from the victims or the witnesses that are available as soon as possible. Thus, all the translations need to be reviewed as frequent as possible to ensure that they convey the intended meaning.
(2016). Retrieved 23 January 2016, from http://www.lep.gov/faqs/faqs.html