NYPD Bilingual Officers

Adrien Salzberg filed this request with the New York City Police Department of New York City, NY.
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FOIL-2019-056-20857

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From: Adrien Salzberg


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

- Copies of all forms currently used by the department to evaluate an officer/candidate's ability to speak, read, and write languages other than English.

- Copies of department policy on interacting with deaf and hard of hearing individuals

- Copies of department policy on interacting with people with limited English proficiency (LEP)

- Copies of department policy related to American Sign Language, if any

- Copies of forms currently used by the department, if any, to evaluate an officer/candidate's knowledge of American Sign Language

- If there exists documentation, such as spreadsheets, of which officers are currently certified as interpreters or speaking any second language (e.g. Spanish, Vietnamese,) please include this as well.

- Copies of department policy on foreign language access, as described in this press release: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/news/article.page?id=pr0524&permalinkName=nypd-legal-services-nyc-new-language-access-policies

- Copies of department policy, guidelines, and instructions for using Language Line, also described in this above press release

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Adrien Salzberg

From: New York City Police Department

Your request FOIL-2019-056-20857 has been successfully submitted to the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
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Request Title: NYPD Bilingual Officers

Request Description: Other Request

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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

- Copies of all forms currently used by the department to evaluate an officer/candidate's ability to speak, read, and write languages other than English.

- Copies of department policy on interacting with deaf and hard of hearing individuals

- Copies of department policy on interacting with people with limited English proficiency (LEP)

- Copies of department policy related to American Sign Language, if any

- Copies of forms currently used by the department, if any, to evaluate an officer/candidate's knowledge of American Sign Language

- If there exists documentation, such as spreadsheets, of which officers are currently certified as interpreters or speaking any second language (e.g. Spanish, Vietnamese,) please include this as well.

- Copies of department policy on foreign language access, as described in this press release: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/news/article.page?id=pr0524&permalinkName=nypd-legal-services-nyc-new-language-access-policies

- Copies of department policy, guidelines, and instructions for using Language Line, also described in this above press release

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Adrien Salzberg

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From: New York City Police Department

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) has denied your FOIL request FOIL-2019-056-20857 for the following reasons: (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2019-056-20857)
The Freedom of Information Law allows access to existing documents and does not necessitate the creation of a document. I am unable to provide access to these documents on the basis that your request does not reasonably describe a record in a manner that would enable a search to be conducted by the New York City Police Department.

Please visit FOIL-2019-056-20857 to view additional information and take any necessary action. You may appeal the decision to deny access to material that was redacted in part or withheld in entirety by contacting the agency's FOIL Appeals Officer: (https://a860-openrecords.nyc.gov/request/view/FOIL-2019-056-20857) foilappeals@nypd.org within 30 days. (mailto:foilappeals@nypd.org?subject=FOIL-2019-056-20857%20-%20Appeal)
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Request Title: NYPD Bilingual Officers
Request Description: Other Request Other Request
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To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York Freedom of Information Law, I hereby request the following records:

- Copies of all forms currently used by the department to evaluate an officer/candidate's ability to speak, read, and write languages other than English.

- Copies of department policy on interacting with deaf and hard of hearing individuals

- Copies of department policy on interacting with people with limited English proficiency (LEP)

- Copies of department policy related to American Sign Language, if any

- Copies of forms currently used by the department, if any, to evaluate an officer/candidate's knowledge of American Sign Language

- If there exists documentation, such as spreadsheets, of which officers are currently certified as interpreters or speaking any second language (e.g. Spanish, Vietnamese,) please include this as well.

- Copies of department policy on foreign language access, as described in this press release: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/news/article.page?id=pr0524&permalinkName=nypd-legal-services-nyc-new-language-access-policies

- Copies of department policy, guidelines, and instructions for using Language Line, also described in this above press release

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Adrien Salzberg

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From: Adrien Salzberg

To Whom it May Concern,

This is an appeal for request FOIL-2019-056-20857, which was rejected on 11/27/2019.

The NYPD rejected my request for documents related to officers' language proficiency training and language policies based on a lack of responsive documents. One of the items requested was "Copies of department policy on interacting with people with limited English proficiency (LEP)." Even a cursory Google search returns documents titled"NYPD Language Access Plan for Limited English Proficienct (LEP) Persons" for multiple periods of time, with one amended as recently as 2018. I have attached that document and a prevision revision from 2012 to this appeal letter.

NYPD also has multiple services and policies for deaf and hard of hearing individuals as reported in local news media, such as a sign-language app to"help officers speak with the deaf." The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that "law enforcement agencies must provide the communication aids and services needed to communicate effectively with people who are deaf or hard of hearing, except when a particular aid or service would result in an undue burden or a fundamental change in the nature of the law enforcement services being provided." Therefore, it is not unreasonable to assume the NYPD has many policies related to how officers interact with deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

New York's FOIL law requires that agencies conduct a "diligent" search for records it may possess. For the reasons outlined above, showing clearly that records pursuant to my request exist, I appeal.

From: New York City Police Department

Sir or Madam:

Please see attached appeal determination along with responsive records. Thank you.

Respectfully,

Jordan S. Mazur, Esq.
Sergeant
Records Access Appeals Officer
NYPD Legal Bureau
1 Police Plaza, Room 1406
New York, NY 10038
FOILAppeals@NYPD.org<mailto:FOILAppeals@NYPD.org>

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