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Poll: Should Nassau hire more bilingual cops?

Efforts to increase the number of bilingual police officers in Nassau County to better deal with surging Hispanic immigrant populations drew support from some government officials at a forum in Hempstead.

Hispanic community activists are pushing officials to hire more bilingual police officers, particularly in the county's biggest villages, Hempstead and Freeport, to better communicate with Spanish-speaking residents.

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