Forty Mpumalanga police officers have learned to use sign language in order to service hearing impaired people and open case dockets, among other things.
They received their Sign Language Basic Level certificates on Friday. “Previously, deaf people were not getting help at the stations when they went to open cases because police were not able to understand their language but that is history now,” said Mpumalanga police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thulani Ntobela who awarded the certificates.
He said the project, which was initiated by the Nelspruit policing cluster and sponsored by insurance company Metropolitan, is the first of its kind in Mpumalanga.
Ntobela promised that before the end of the year, all 82 police stations in the province will have police officers who understand sign language to help speed up the process of opening dockets for deaf people.
He said it only takes a week to complete the course.
“From now on, all deaf or people living with any kind of disability in our province will have access to our police stations quickly because of you,” said Ntobela.