As part of the Police Link Officers for Deaf People (PLOD) initiative and to mark Deaf Awareness Week 2017, South Yorkshire Police has published a video explaining what PLOD is, signed by PLOD lead, Detective Inspector Jude Ashmore.
The PLOD initiative has seen 37 police officers and staff members achieve a BSL qualification, at least to Level 1, to improve communication with those who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.
Our PLOD officers assist in providing a service for any situation when communication support is required as a point of contact. They can give information, advice and support via BSL.
DI Ashmore said: “The PLOD initiative is a great way of extending our communication channels with the deaf community, and we hope our video will be a valuable resource to those who use BSL.
“There are many ways to contact the police if you are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing and these methods include via text message, minicom and reporting online.
“We are truly breaking down communication barriers thanks to the colleagues who have gained their BSL qualifications.
“Hopefully PLOD will ensure that members of the deaf community are not excluded or disadvantaged when coming into contact with the force.”
Watch the sign language video here.
Coming soon videos about how to contact us in a non-emergency and in an emergency...just watch this space.