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Training held to better police, deaf community interaction

January 18, 2018

OCEAN VIEW, Del. (AP) — A Delaware police department has instituted a new training tool to better serve the deaf community.

News outlets report the Ocean View Police Department hosted a two-hour training on Wednesday, taught by the Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens of Sussex County. Open to area first responders, the program provided best practices for interacting with and getting the attention of deaf people during emergencies, without causing panic.

Chief Kenneth McLaughlin says the training is important as the area’s deaf population grows.

The secretary of the Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens of Sussex County, Barbara White, says the training would help prevent miscommunication, citing past instances in which deaf people who could not hear the warnings given were arrested, injured or shot.

McLaughlin says the department intends to hold similar classes going forward.