Law Enforcement - Contact with Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing individuals

AquaPig

New Member
Hello, I am a law enforcement officer in Michigan, USA. Tonight at work I came across something I hadn’t experienced yet. There was a motor vehicle crash involving two deaf individuals. My partners and I were unable to effectively communicate with them until we got an interpreter. After this incident, it got me thinking is there any way, or anything I could introduce to my department to help us communicate with this community more effectively? Thank you, any tips would be greatly appreciated!
 

Jane B.

Well-Known Member
I am very hard of hearing but not completely deaf and do not sign. Since it came out I have used Live Transcribe. It is a smartphone application to get realtime captions developed by Google for the Android operating system. Development on the application began in partnership with Gallaudet University. It is free. Someone else has developed a version for iPhone but that has a monthly fee to use it.

There are some errors when using it with some of them turning out downright funny. But even so I find by far most things understandable out of context. Of course, masking does not help accuracy.

This is just one of the speech to text apps out there and I am sure which one is preferred varies from individual to individual. I don't know about others but Live Transcribe does have the option to use a keyboard on the phone if not wanting to speak. Because of the size of the screen on a phone the phone would have to be handed back and forth if more than one person wants to read the conversation on the same device.
 
I am very hard of hearing but not completely deaf and do not sign. Since it came out I have used Live Transcribe. It is a smartphone application to get realtime captions developed by Google for the Android operating system. Development on the application began in partnership with Gallaudet University. It is free. Someone else has developed a version for iPhone but that has a monthly fee to use it.

There are some errors when using it with some of them turning out downright funny. But even so I find by far most things understandable out of context. Of course, masking does not help accuracy.

This is just one of the speech to text apps out there and I am sure which one is preferred varies from individual to individual. I don't know about others but Live Transcribe does have the option to use a keyboard on the phone if not wanting to speak. Because of the size of the screen on a phone the phone would have to be handed back and forth if more than one person wants to read the conversation on the same device.
The iPhone version is called Otter ai, and it's free for the first 600 minutes a month, which is more than enough for most people. If you want 6000 minutes a month, it's $10. It's very accurate and gets more accurate the longer you use it. You can adjust type font and size. I use it all the time when speaking to someone who is wearing a mask.
 

Old Analog

Active Member
There should be resources, try pm ellytheencourger, or maybe she will respond, ask the interpreter what's in your area, YouTube check out ASL Meredith, and Bill Vicars and ASL Interpreter...Hanson, have fun down the rabbit hole, OH and thank you for asking and reaching out, to many Deaf have had bad and even fatal encounter with law enforcement, something else you may not have thought about not just communication but cultural and social norms are different you need to be aware of. Can't remember how I found them but there are some YouTube police training videos but I think they were Canadian or UK ?? Try typing in YouTube search bar tips for responding to deaf and hard of hearing emergencies think that was one, good luck and thanks again:type:
 
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