Hispanic sheriff looks to bridge cultures
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Osceola County has a Hispanic sheriff; a first in Central Florida history.
Inside the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, there is a push to connect with a growing community: Latinos.
The county is seeing a surge of Latinos moving to the area. The most recent Census found 54% of its population identifies as Hispanic or Latino.
Now Sheriff Marcos Lopez, elected last November, is looking to hire interpreters to handle Spanish calls for help.
"I noticed that they were having like about 900 calls a month requesting Spanish-speaking assistance in either emergency or non-emergency [situations]," he said.