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Deputy Uses iPhone as Translator

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PROSSER, Wash--  It has become increasingly popular among just about everyone: the cell phone.  But for Deputy Doug Hollenbeck, his I-Phone has become a crime fighting gadget.

"I've had it for about 8 months," says Hollenbeck.  "I stumbled upon it on the internet and realized it was a useful tool."

It not only makes calls and sends e-mails, but it's also a pocket translator.  Hollenbeck is admittedly at a disadvantage because he can't speak fluent spanish in a significantly hispanic community.

"I've got some basic vocabulary skills but other than that, not so much," he adds.  That has translated to the phone being somewhat of a staple in his line-up of gear.

"I walk up to the people at the window and I'll read it to them, or have them read it while I read it to them, and they understand 100% of the time."

In what can only be called a chaotic job, Hollenbeck is prepared for almost anyone he meets; from roll-over accidents to routine traffic stops.

"At the very least I feel they should understand what they did wrong and how they can correct it."