According to Census data, approximately two and a half million New Yorkers do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English. Over 11% of Nassau County’s residents speak English less than “very well.” The Police Department’s strengthened language access program will help ensure that individuals have full access to vital police services, regardless of their language ability.
Nassau Police Department Chief Steven Skrynecki noted, “The Department is committed to ensuring that all officers and civilian employees that have ongoing contact with the public are effectively able to communicate with those seeking assistance whether making complaints; or during victim interviews; as witnesses or subjects of criminal investigations; when issuing safety alerts or public service announcements; or during traffic stops.”
Jason E. Starr, Esq., Nassau County Chapter Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union said, “New York is the most linguistically diverse state in the country and this agreement reflects a commitment to ensuring that Nassau County is a safe and welcoming environment for all of the members of our community. We commend both the Nassau County Police Department and the Attorney General’s office for their efforts and look forward to ensuring that this commitment is realized.”