Report: NYPD officer from the Bronx written up for Spanish language use on the job

A police officer from the Bronx is at the center of a language controversy involving the NYPD. According to the Daily News, officer Jessenia Guzman

The Daily News says Jessenia Guzman was reprimanded for responding to a colleague in Spanish.

The Daily News says Jessenia Guzman was reprimanded for responding to a colleague in Spanish. (6/25/13)

THE BRONX - A police officer from the Bronx is at the center of a language controversy involving the NYPD.

According to the Daily News, officer Jessenia Guzman was written up on May 14 after responding to a colleague in Spanish while she was at her post on a telephone switchboard.

Guzman's supervisor cited a little-used NYPD policy that says all official business must be conducted in English.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on the issue. “I don't see how you can ever run any company or any organization or any government unless everybody speaks the same language," the mayor said. "And in America, in New York, I think it's fair to say that a majority of the people speak English, and so that's the language we have to communicate in."

However, the National Latino Officers Association said the policy is highly discriminatory. Many residents say the feel the same way, especially since New York City is such a diverse metropolis. 

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