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Law Enforcement Survival Spanish Training Program (LESSTP)

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Students who successfully complete this course will be able to communicate in Spanish to solicit common basic information necessary in the description of individuals, things, and locations necessary in police work.  More importantly, the student will learn Spanish command phrases useful in dealing with low-risk or high-risk encounters, to recognizing danger expressions in Spanish that are threatening to a law enforcement officer.

Furthermore, the course is designed to familiarize the student with cultural information, investigative and arrest expressions, and meanings of street/slang Spanish.  Many street/slang phrases have literal meanings for weapons, drugs, and other expressions, which on the street could be interpreted as impending danger. 

Included in the instruction will be short phrase arrest expressions the student will learn with ease. The focus is the ability to command a situation with easy-to-remember phrases designed to neutralize a potentially dangerous situation.

As in any other culture, there are significant differences in the Hispanic culture which are essential for the law enforcement officer to know.  By understanding the Hispanic culture the student will gain familiarity to culture mannerisms useful in preventing a situation from escalating.

In conclusion of the one-week course, the students will surprisingly be able to read or recognize sufficient number of Spanish words in a witness statement that will enable the students to translate into English and fill out a police incident report face sheet.

Type: Advanced

Length: 5 Days


  • Starting with the basics
    • Spanish Culture
    • Spanish alphabet, vowels, consonants
    • Cardinal numbers, telling time, and months, days, & seasons
  • Descriptive report information
    • Colors, clothing descriptors, descriptors of people, and body parts
    • Automobile parts, locations, and descriptors of structures
    • Directions of travel
  • Basic Grammar
    • Verbs, pronouns, adjectives, and cognates
    •  Interrogatives (who, what, when, where, why, & how)
    • Biographical & basic information for a police report
    •  Missing Children to Medical terms
  • Danger Situations
    • Drugs, weapons, and dangerous expressions
    • Low (investigative/consensual) to high-risk encounters/stops (gangs, domestics, felony stops)
  • Commands/Warnings
    • Consent searches to Terry-Frisks
    • Apprehensions and arrests
    • Miranda Rights


  • The instructors are Law Enforcement Specialists that have extensive backgrounds and experience as law enforcement officers. 
  • FLETC staff instructors are responsible for designing, developing, coordinating, and administering basic, advanced, and specialized training programs for the United States Border Patrol, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Transportation Security Administration, and state and local law enforcement organizations.

Prerequisites for Attendance

This training program is open to federal, city, campus, county, state and tribal law enforcement officers/agents.

The five day program involves three days of classroom lecture presentation with the students given homework material for study and reinforcement of the training material.  The last two days consist of student participation scenario settings and with a graded practical exercise evaluation at the end of the course.

Even though it is not required, students are encouraged to seek basic Spanish training videos or CDs for introductory orientation of Spanish prior to attending the course.

Contact Information

Contact Information
LESSTP Program Managers
Phone: (575) 746-5693 or (575) 746-5748
Fax: (575) 748-8171

Training Dates

A_LESSTP-203 / Artesia, NM -- Sep 17, 2012 to Sep 21, 2012