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Officer Richard Perry practices basic Spanish phrases using phonetic syllables written on blackboard
An officer learns Spanish

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New York City Police Parade
June 1, 1899

More than most cities, police in New York have needed to be able to speak lots of languages and work with many different kinds of people. Do police in your city ever ride horses? Do they speak more than one language? Serving the public in New York has for many years meant serving a diverse population.
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