Veiga’s language skills keep him in high demand. Sixty of the department’s foreign language officers are Spanish-speakers, yet 70,471 of the county’s 129,705 Spanish-speaking residents reported speaking English “less than very well,” in a 2009 census survey. That works out to about 1,174 residents per Spanish-speaking officer.


Spanish is the most widely-spoken foreign language in the county, followed by Chinese and African languages, according to the census survey. Gazette.Net: Montgomery County police struggle to keep up with county’s growing foreign language population.

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