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National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Announces January 2020 Officer of the Month

The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum has announced its January 2020 Officer of the Month: California Highway Patrol Officer Randy Rodriguez. He went out of his way to help a hearing impaired woman causing a disturbance at the DMV.

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Video: CHP Officer Helps Woman Communicate at DMV Using ASL

The California Highway Patrol officer who responded knew American Sign Language and was able to help sort out the confusion and get the woman what she needed.

NYPD Officers Get Phone App to Connect Hearing Impaired with Translators

Officers with the New York Police Department now have a better way to communicate with subjects who are deaf or hard of hearing with a teleconferencing system that is similar to Skype, allowing the hearing impaired person to speak in sign language and the officer to communicate verbally with a translation conducted by interpreters employed by the city.

NYPD Seeks to Improve Communication with Deaf Motorists

The NYPD has announced plans to mail out “visor cards” to roughly 11,000 drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing in order to more easily communicate with their officers.

Department Hires First Deaf Female Officer in Texas

When Chief David Conner hired 25-year-old Erica Trevino, she became the first female deaf commissioned police officer hired to work at the Dalhart (TX) Police Department and is believed to be the first in the state of Texas. More Here.

Deaf Driver Had Prior Record, Led NC Trooper on High-Speed Chase Before Fatal OIS

The trooper's running account of the daylight pursuit challenges the belief by Harris’ family that the 29-year-old deaf man may not have heard or understood the trooper’s commands.

NC Trooper's Fatal Shooting of Deaf Driver Under Investigation

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is urging people to not jump to conclusions as agents investigate how a deaf driver with a history of minor offenses was shot and killed last week after leading a trooper on a 10-mile chase near Charlotte.

Calif. Officers Accused of Beating Deaf Man

A newly filed lawsuit alleges officers from the Hawthorne (Calif.) Police Department beat a deaf man and shocked him with a Taser as he tried to sign that he couldn't hear.

Dealing with the Deaf

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes it very clear that hearing impaired people are entitled to the same level of service from law enforcement officers as anyone else. So it's your job to accommodate people with hearing loss.

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Contacting the Hearing Impaired

As a patrol officer, you must provide the same level of service to deaf subjects that you would to others. Stay on track with our five-step guide.