How will these new BSL aware police assist HoH who do not sign ? We ask because BSL classes are very short on inclusive awareness of others with alternatives to sign useage..
DEAF and hard of hearing residents can count on PC PLOD to help when they need it, after 18 police staff passed their sign language exams.
The conscientious cops all passed their Level 1 British Sign Language (BSL) qualification as part of the force’s Police Link Officers for the Deaf (PLOD) initiative. The officers, PCSOs and staff received their Level 1 Awards from Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Barber at a ceremony on Tuesday, January 24.
They join 19 colleagues at South Yorkshire Police who are already qualified in BSL. Det Insp Jude Ashmore said: “Congratulations to all of our PLOD members for successfully completing their course — they have all done incredibly well in learning the basics of BSL.
“We hope this initiative will increase visibility within deaf communities, keeping people safer and increasing confidence in the police.” The newly-qualified PLOD staff can give information, advice and support via sign language.