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Analytic Linguist / Criminal Translator

There is a growing need today for analytic linguists who are trained to transcribe, translate and interpret foreign language conversations for federal and local law enforcement agencies that investigate crimes ranging from terrorism and gang activity to drug smuggling and human trafficking. CAPE’s fully online Professional Analytic Linguist and Advanced Professional Analytic Linguist  certificate courses are open to current Montclair State multilingual students; graduates holding degrees in languages, justice studies, and political science; and law enforcement professionals looking to enter and succeed in a dynamic field. Students who successfully complete the program and receive either of these certifications are eligible to apply to take a rigorous, comprehensive, 8-hour exam which, if they pass, will earn them the prestigious, trademarked designation of Certified Analytic Linguist Professional™ (CALP).

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What are Analytic Linguists?

Analytic linguists monitor court-ordered, non-consensual intercepts (i.e., wiretaps of phone conversations) and other linguistic content intercepted from other media. They listen to conversations in foreign languages, monitor, transcribe and translate them into English. Their job functions are classified as transcriptionists, criminal translators, interpreters and monitors. Analytic linguists must be able to utilize a variety of skills to a high level of measurable proficiency.

Which skills need to be tested?

To ensure that analytic linguists can perform these job functions, their proficiency in six areas must be tested: reading comprehension, writing, listening, speaking, critical thinking and working under pressure.