SFPD Guide to Language Assistance Services
The below content is available in a downloadable brochure in the listed languages
SFPD's goal is to provide timely and accurate communication
How do I obtain Language Services?
What if i do not speak a common language?
SFPD will provide language services when you talk with a police officer
Can My Child, Relative, or a bystander interpret for me?
What kind of language services does SFPD provide?
SFPD's language assistance is especially important when you are:
Misunderstandings can harm the safety of officers and the public!
I know some English. Do I really need an interpreter?
You may understand or speak some English, but you may still want an interpreter. Interpreters can help you:
Who can obtain language services?
Language services are provided to anyone who is a limited English proficient (LEP) person. This means that English is not your primary language and you may have difficulties reading, speaking or understanding English.
Will I be causing inconvenience or problems if I ask for an interpreter?
Everyone has the right to effective and accurate communication with the police, and SFPD wants to assist.
The San Francisco Police Department
in cooperation with
the Language Access Coalition
The Language Access Coalition is a network of language access advocates that includes the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Asian Law Caucus, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Asian Pacific Islander Youth and Advocacy Network, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Community Youth Center, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, La Raza Centro Legal, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Legal Services for Children, Department of Police Accountability, People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights, Safety Network Program, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, San Francisco District Attorney's Office, San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission, San Francisco Public Defender's Office, San Francisco Youth Commission, Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, and Youth Law Center.
SFPD's Language Access Liaison Officer
Hall of Justice 850 Bryant Street, Rm. 500 San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel: (415) 533-9161
Department of Police Accountability
25 Van Ness Ave., 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: (415) 241-7711