The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Volunteer Interpreter's Bureau was established in 1980. Its purpose is to provide a resource for crime victims, witnesses, suspects, and citizens who have difficulty communicating with our officers due to a language barrier. The language gap has only widened since Hurricane Katrina as the area was inundated with migrant workers looking to help us rebuild our communities.
The volunteer interpreters receive training in basic skills to assist the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office as needed for translations in a variety of situations. Our interpreters are used for situations as minor as a traffic s to major criminal investigations. In each situation, a law enforcement officer is present with the interpreter. On occasion, interpreters may be called upon to assist in courtroom proceedings. Our interpreters offer a vital link between our officers and non-English speaking persons who need our assistance.
Our interpreters represent many languages including:
We are currently seeking to expand the Interpreter's Bureau. If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming an interpreter, please contact Deputy Kent Wolkart at 504-376-2426. The prospective interpreter must be a Jefferson Parish resident, must have no criminal record and must be fluent in both English and the language that they propose to interpret for.