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Police, fire departments use translation gadget

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Fire Department, Butler County Sheriff's Department and other agencies in southwest Ohio are using a language translation gadget to tackle diverse situations.

 The $1,200 devices were given to local governments by the Latino Educational Assimilation Resource Network Inc. The gadgets enable users to select statements or questions relating to a variety of situations confronted by law enforcement and emergency personnel. The selected communication is then translated aloud into whichever language the user chooses.

The device can translate into languages from Arabic to Chinese to Russian. For example, the user can say "Miranda warning" into the device, and it will read out the warning in the chosen language.

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