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Ask HPD: Interpreters


Question: English is a second language for many of my family members. What happens if there's an emergency and they need to report it to police? Are there police interpreters?

Answer: Honolulu is a melting pot of cultures and languages. To keep everyone safe, it’s important that our officers effectively communicate with the different members of our community. We have a list of employees within the department who can speak different languages. If a translation is needed, our 911 dispatchers will try to locate the employee who can speak that particular language. There are times where we may also use a language line service to assist us.

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