NYPD Rips Cop —for Speaking Spanish

Department calls for 'one voice' in English
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2013 11:11 AM CDT
NYPD Rips Cop —for Speaking Spanish
A New York police officer faced a "memo of reprimand" over speaking Spanish.   (Shutterstock)

On-duty NYPD officers are banned from speaking any language other than English—as a 13-year cop recently learned the hard way. Jessenia Guzman got a "memo of reprimand" after she spoke a single sentence in Spanish while working the switchboard, the New York Daily News reports. "It was just natural," Guzman says. A colleague getting coffee "said something. I responded (in Spanish). That was it." The rule exists "to allow proper supervision of personnel," the reprimand said. Adds an NYPD rep: "We’re a 24/7 operation. We should be speaking one voice, which is English." (More New York City stories.)

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