The Atlanta Police Department is recruiting more Spanish-speaking officers and 9-1-1 call takers to better serve our diverse communities. The initiative is being kicked off with a public service announcement featuring the Department’s Hispanic Liaison, Officer Antonio Gonzalez, and Sgt. Rosa Quintana-Green, a supervisor in Zone 5’s Underground Atlanta precinct.
“In order to most effectively serve our citizens, the makeup of our Department must reflect our City,” Chief George Turner said. “In addition to a growing base of Hispanic residents, we also are an international city that entertains thousands of Spanish-speaking visitors, conventioneers and tourists every year.” The Department is adjusting its recruitment strategies to be better able to attract talented Spanish-speaking candidates for the positions of sworn officers and 9-1-1 call takers, who can assist Spanish-speaking citizens in emergencies or other situations that require police services.
In addition to increasing its language base, the Department is also seeking to reinforce its continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. Hispanic officers assist in building bridges to the city’s Spanish-speaking communities, and the Department continues to broaden its recruiting and hiring efforts to maximize exposure and interest to qualified Hispanic candidates. “Officers from diverse backgrounds bring an important perspective and cultural sensitivity that furthers APD’s goal to serve and protect citizens across the wide spectrum of Atlanta’s diverse population,” said Officer Gonzalez, the Department’s Hispanic liaison.
The City of Atlanta’s Hispanic population has increased to 21,815, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures, a 16.5 percent increase from the 2000 Census. The number of Hispanics in the nine-county metro area has more than doubled in that same time period, according to the Census.
The PSA, which will be featured on the Department’s web site and social media channels, showcases the benefits of working for the Atlanta Police Department, including: Competitive pay, health insurance, vacation time, pension, tuition reimbursement and housing assistance incentives. Additionally, Officer Gonzalez and Sgt. Quintana-Green speak about the variety of career options ranging from motorcycle officer to K-9 and Mounted Patrol.
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