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Translation cards can help officers and investigators communicate better with witnesses—and now these free cards may be available in other languages other than Spanish. Web Update: Corrected phone number for more information. Additional update 28 February 2011: New point of contact

More about those translation cards mentioned in the May-June issue:

In the last issue of Evidence Technology, we told you about a special, graphic-based translation card that makes it easier for police officers and investigators to communicate with Spanish-speaking witnesses.

Andrew Jackson University translation card

Since then, the organization providing those translation cards for free—Andrew Jackson University (AJU) in Birmingham, Alabama—has received and responded to more than 100 requests from Evidence Technology readers.

Joe Schmoke, CEO of AJU, also noted that many readers were requesting translation cards in other languages, including Burmese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Russian. “This has prompted me to ask the sender to provide the translation using someone in their community who speaks that language, and then we will imbed the language into the ‘master copy’ and make it available to all law-enforcement agencies,” said Schmoke.

To get a free copy of the original Spanish translation card or to find out if any other languages are available, send an e-mail to Schmoke at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call: 205-451-2071

New point of contact, updated 28 February 2011:

Tammy Kassner
This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
800-429-9300 Ext. 107

WEB UPDATE: The phone number published in the original Andrew Jackson University press release and the print edition of Evidence Technology was incorrect. The correct phone number to reach Joe Schmoke at Andrew Jackson University is 205-451-2071.

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