DHCC is committed to providing resources to help police officers communicate and interact effectively with Deaf, hard of hearing and DeafBlind individuals. As always, if you have an emergency and need an American Sign Language Interpreter, please call 610-604-0452!
In this page, we’ve collected several on-the-job and training resources that you can use as a Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind person interacting with law enforcement. If you know of other resources, please share them with us!
1. The Illinois State Police developed a series of resources after several incidents by other police departments with officer-involved shootings of Deaf individuals. They brought together an advisory team from the Deaf and hard of hearing community together with police officers and developed training and a flipbook placed in all ILSP vehicles
2. The Center for Public Safety Innovation at St. Petersburg College has created a wealth of resources to help emergency responders respond to the needs of individuals with all types of disabilities.
1. This video was developed by staff at Deaf, INC in St. Louis, MO in collaboration with the St. Louis Police Academy.
2. It’s vitally important to law enforcement officers to interact as often as possible with Deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind people in realistic training scenarios. Too often, this group is left out of those situations for budgetary reasons. Here’s how Faribault, MN did it.
3. DHCC offers Sensitivity Training that covers a variety of topics related to open and equal communication among Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing individuals. Businesses, social service agencies, government departments, educational institutions, hospitals, and organizations of all types will find these trainings beneficial. Click here for more information about our Sensitivity Training.