International Week of the Deaf (19-25 Sept)

Saturday 17 September 2016

West Yorkshire Police is supporting International Week of the Deaf (19-25 September) by holding two events celebrating the contribution of the Deaf community to society, and highlighting the need for fair and equal access to services.  

The events are being held in Huddersfield and Leeds Police stations for members of the Deaf community to learn more about the work ongoing with the community through the British Deaf Association (BDA) British Sign Language (BSL) Charter work, find out about and meet their local Police Deaf Champions, view BSL videos that have been produced by the force and to share their thoughts and ideas how West Yorkshire Police can work better to service the needs of the Deaf community. 

Deputy Chief Constable John Robins said "West Yorkshire Police is committed to supporting each and every member of our community, especially those who may be more vulnerable due to being deaf or hard of hearing. We invite people to support these events whether they are deaf, hard of hearing or simply know someone who is. We hope people can benefit from these events by finding out what we are already doing to support the deaf community. More importantly the events provide a real opportunity for people with experience to help shape our policing services, so we can respond more effectively and appropriately to their needs." 

The events are being held on;  

Wednesday 21 September, 4pm-6pm at Huddersfield Police Station, Castlegate, HD1 2NJ 

Thursday 22 September, 4pm - 6pm at Elland Road Police Station, Leeds, LS11 8BU 

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Simon Phillips, Community Engagement Officer at [email protected] 

Information about accessing deaf or hard of hearing services can be found online at

See our new video by Force Deaf Champion and Staff Member Chloe Lockey

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