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Spanish to English translations [PRO] Government / Politics / Government
Spanish term or phrase:prefecto y prefectura
(In Venezuela) In a town, is the prefect and the prefectura the policie chief & the police dept., the mayor & the mayor's office or something else? In my document, the "prefecto" of a small town is certifying a birth certificate.
Explanation: This is the definition in spanish:
prefecto. m. Grado jerárquico dentro de una institución...
So, you are almost right. The "prefecto" is like a chief of police here in the states. But the "prefectura" is the territory where that prefect has authority. Not necessarily the police department per se but the region where that "prefect" has legal authority.
In english: n. A high administrative official or chief officer, as:
a. Any of several high military or civil officials in ancient Rome.
b. The chief of police of Paris, France.
So... I would recommend translating "prefectura de policía" as prefecture of police or police prefecture.
Jackie_A United States Local time: 01:54 Native speaker of: Spanish, English