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Law Enforcement Survival Spanish Training Program

5 Training Days
Locations Offered: 


The Law Enforcement Survival Spanish Training Program (LESSTP) is designed to provide the students with communication skills necessary 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 program 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.


Applicant must be a law enforcement officer/agent with arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws.

Required Training Materials


Program Syllabus/Curriculum

  • Introductory Spanish
  • Obtaining Information - Spanish
  • High Risk Spanish Terminology
  • Arrest Related Expressions - Spanish
  • Law Enforcement Survival Spanish Lab/PE

Program Registration

  • Federal organization personnel should contact their agency training officer to register for training.  If you do not know your agency representative you may contact: for assistance.
  • State, local and tribal officers requesting training should apply online. If organizational support is required or you have additional needs, please email
  • International (non-US) personnel should email or telephone 912-261-4023.

Program Contact Info

Artesia: (575) 746-5962