Interpreting firm is stripped of its police contract after 'unqualified' translators caused court delays and led one case to collapse when an employee told a teenage suspect 'not to say too much' to officers.
Unqualified police interpreters have cost the public thousands of pounds by causing court delays and in one instance the collapse of a case, the BBC has learned.
This week Google unveiled an “interpreter mode” for its smart speakers, which can translate 27 languages in real time. I tried it out at Google’s base at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, in which I was put in front of an Italian speaker. On first impressions it’s hard to fault the technology, but at the same time, I’m not convinced that this is the future.
Four Yorkshire police forces are reviewing their contracts for interpreter services with Language Empire. In the meantime, figures of thebigword's profit rates for translation and interpreting have also come out into the open.