Pitch by police strikes a chord

Crowds at recruiting sessions in Puerto Rico are large and eager as Baltimore police seek Spanish-speaking officers

Sun Special Report

July 06, 2006|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES | GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- In need of Spanish-speaking officers, Baltimore Police Department recruiters set up shop here at the Rio Piedras campus of Interamericana University.

What they found astonished them: applicants by the hundreds, packing classrooms in the stifling Caribbean heat to listen to the pitches from recruiters while wiping brows dripping with sweat.

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