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Sign Language (51A/21)


  1. Could you please tell me how many police officers in your force are able to communicate with a deaf person by sign language?
  2. Are there any policies in place regarding sign language within your force?


1. Based on those individuals with sign language skills recorded on our system, the data as at 12 January 2021 is as follows:

Language Police Officer Police Staff
Sign Language (BSL) 11 15

2. No information held – There are no specific policies in force regarding sign language.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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