Phoenix Police Program Trains Officers How To Work With Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 11:28am
Updated: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 5:53pm
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A Phoenix Police vehicle in downtown Phoenix.

Law enforcement officers often find themselves in unexpected situations. Sometimes, those can involve people who are deaf or hard of hearing and unable to follow officers’ requests or orders.

That has led to violent occurrences — including a beating in St. Louis and a shooting in Oklahoma City.

No similar incidents have been recorded in Phoenix, but the Phoenix Police Department has taken a major step toward trying to continue that by teaming up with the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to have a training program for officers.

Phoenix Police Community Engagement Team Sergeant David Montoya joined The Show to talk about the program.

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