Answering a desperate need for police translators, ProjectNOLA is in the process of creating a special “Language Line” for local law enforcement, and needs YOUR HELP should you be fluent in both English and a second language. Volunteers must be willing to receive occasional phone calls from our routing system, and be prepared to act as a telephone-based translator between police officers, victims, and witnesses. Court appearances will NOT be necessary, and you may remain anonymous should you wish.
Monitoring the scanners, we routinely hear of grave situations involving non-English speaking victims, and of the alarming difficulties incurred by officers, deputies, and detectives, who try to assist these victims. ProjectNOLA wishes to help remedy critical delays in response time and investigative actions by providing a single number for law enforcement to call, whereby officers working a scene may be routed to an appropriate volunteer who can provide immediate translation services via a simple phone call.
ProjectNOLA's language line will be a restricted, law enforcement only, phone number. When called, officers will be able to select which language they need translated, and our call routing system will automatically call language-matched volunteers, and give them the option to press “1” should they wish to accept the call. The first volunteer to press “1”, will be automatically connected to the officer. Volunteers will NOT need to appear in court, as each telephone call will be automatically recorded.
The ProjectNOLA Language Line will be provided to local law enforcement FREE OF CHARGE, and will rely 100% on volunteers like you! Please feel free to contact me, Bryan Lagarde, Director of ProjectNOLA, at 504-298-9117, should you have any questions about this service.