DERBYSHIRE police is the only force in the country to hold the ‘Louder than Words’ charter and has just passed an assessment to keep the accolade for another year.
The constabulary was successful in achieving the Charter in 2010. It is an award achieved through Action on Hearing Loss (Formally RNID) for work with the deaf and hard of hearing community and employees.
An annual self assessment has just been completed and submitted by the corporate communications section. The work included, embedding deaf awareness training for officers and staff, providing resources in enquiry offices, increasing communication/contact systems, signage and resources and holding face to face and on line surgeries for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Mick Creedon, Chief Constable said: “Derbyshire has the highest number of deaf and hard of hearing people in the country proportionate to the population, this is why keeping this charter for another year is so important.
I am delighted that that we have maintained, improved and shown innovation and commitment to this language.”
David Sloane from Action Hearing Loss said: “This was a very concise self assessment and shows that Derbyshire police have continued to demonstrate their commitment to improving the accessibility for people with hearing loss.
The Constabulary is the only organisation in Derbyshire to achieve this standard. “