Deaf residents can rely on PC PLOD

By Dave Doyle | 02/02/2017

Deaf residents can rely on PC PLOD
Newly-qualified PLOD officers of South Yorkshire Police.

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.

Those who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact police by text message on 999.

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