Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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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 should follow established guidelines.

These documents provide guidance on effective communication during police contacts with the deaf and persons who have hearing impairment.

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