Deaf and Hearing Impaired

It is the purpose of this policy to provide officers with guidance on effective communication during police contacts with the deaf and persons who have hearing impairment.

Most officers will have encounters with persons who are deaf or affected by significant hearing loss — whether that be as victims, witnesses, or suspects. To ensure effective communication with persons who are deaf and hard of hearing, and to conform to provisions of federal and state law, officers shall follow the guidelines provided in this policy.

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