Steps for Obtaining Interpreters [pdf]

This tool provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Justice recommendations regarding steps law enforcement officers should take when they encounter limited English proficient (LEP) persons and the process for obtaining qualified interpreters. What police may do in exigent circumstances is discussed as is the importance of obtaining a qualified interpreter once the scene is secure and the officer is taking information that will be included in the police report or part of the criminal investigation in the case.