Deaf Awareness Week is a national event to raise awareness of Deafness and Deaf Awareness Week takes place every year and this year it runs from Monday, 2 May, to Sunday, 8 May 2022.
The theme this year is ‘Deaf Inclusion’ which explores the entire theme of inclusion within the Deaf community.
Disability Engagement Officer Pete Rawlings, of Derbyshire Constabulary, said: “There are a number of ways we make sure we’re supporting our deaf and hard of hearing communities, and this has meant we’re the only police force in the country to receive the Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID) charter mark ‘Louder than Words’ and maintain it since 2010.
“The RNID also have some useful tips on how to communicate with someone who is deaf or is hard of hearing at: How to communicate with someone who is deaf or has hearing loss - RNID
“We also have strong links with not only the community, but organisations in Derby and Derbyshire including the North Derbyshire Deaf Forum and Derby Deaf Club. The variety of community links has also been assisted by our evolving PLOD team (Police Link Officers for people who are Deaf), which comprises of 15 staff and officers qualified in British Sign Language, deaf awareness and deaf equality.
“These officers have made community links across the City and County and continue to build on these relationships. We also have 20 new officers who will begin their British Sign Language training soon, taking our PLOD team up to 35, not to mention that we are also involved in the regional PLOD team.
“A Facebook page has also been set up for this dedicated team and allows us to reach out to the Deaf community, as well as enabling them to reach out to us.
“Deaf volunteers from around the county also attend our Police Deaf Advisory Group, who support and advise us on our Deaf Action Plan, and we have worked in conjunction with the British Deaf Association (BDA) and made significant changes in building confidence within the Deaf community, encouraging them to use our SMS service and explaining the difference between emergency and non-emergency situations which included a series of films made by the Deaf community which can be seen on our internet and the PLOD Facebook page.”