Lincolnshire Police payed out over a third of million pounds on interpretation costs in a single year according to new figures.
It follows a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Conservative Candidate for Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones.
The FOI shows that during 2012/2013 Lincolnshire Police spent £373,958 for translation services for over 30 languages. Languages Included Tagalog, a Filipino language, and Tigrinya which is spoken in the Horn of Africa. The force now outsources the translation service to private company G4S.
A request by Marc Jones for further information on the costs of the last two years was rejected by Lincolnshire Police. Marc Jones said:
“Nearly a third of million pounds is a lot of money for Lincolnshire Police to spend on translation especially when there are more pressing needs.
“Add this to the thousands squandered by the current Police and Crime Commissioner’s on the unnecessary removal of our Chief Constable and you see the waste just getting bigger.
“It is a shame that not more energy and resources could not have been devoted to tackling the steep rise in sexual crime and the persistence of rural crime.
“If given the privilege of becoming Lincolnshire’s next Police and Crime Commissioner I will always prioritise the right issues.”