Nottinghamshire Police have today (Monday, September 5) become the latest force in the country to launch their Police Link Officer for Deaf people (PLOD) scheme.
The scheme is designed to promote and improve equal access to Nottinghamshire Police services for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing across Nottinghamshire. Chief Constable, Sue Fish, said: “Last year, Nottinghamshire Police signed the British Sign Language Charter which highlighted our commitment as a Force to adapting the services we offer to ensure they are accessible to the communities we serve and to help build good relationships with the Deaf community.
“Earning the trust and confidence of the people in Nottinghamshire is one of our priorities as a Force and it is schemes like this that make it possible. I am really proud to launch this scheme and acknowledge the commitment of our PLOD officers to ensure this initiative continues to build accessible services for our communities.”
The Force have seven PLOD officers, four police officers and three PCSO’s, who will provide support, information and advice to the Deaf communities and promote the understanding of issues affecting Deaf people among the Force’s officers and staff.