Signs are good

Thursday, 03 December, 2009

Detective Constable Beccy Driscoll, Sergeant Debbie Jackson and Detective Sergeant Linda Cullin-Moir with their award

Hertfordshire Constabulary scooped a prestigious 'Organisational Achievement' award in November for the commitment the Force has shown to bridging the communications gap between deaf and hearing people on its beat.

The annual Signature Awards, which were held in London, recognize outstanding achievement by those who have made a significant contribution towards a society in which deaf and deafblind people have full access.

Detective Constable Beccy Driscoll, Sergeant Debbie Jackson and Detective Sergeant Linda Cullin-Moir, who spearheaded the Force's work in this area throughout 2008 and 2009, were on hand to collect the award. In particular, the award recognises of the Force's initiatives including deaf awareness training, the introduction of Link Officers who aid communication between deaf and hearing people and the launch of the Emergency SMS number providing equal access to emergency services for all. Beccy, said: "It is a great honour and fantastic recognition of the Constabulary's achievements to be acknowledged by Signature in making a significant contribution to a society where deaf people have full access."

Inspector Ian Tycer, responsible for improving Hertfordshire Constabulary's Quality of Service, also attended the event. He said: "Everyone has worked very hard to improve access to the Constabulary for deaf people. It is a privilege to be recognised by Signature for our attempts to ensure that everyone can easily access our services."

Jim Edwards, Signature Chief Executive, said: "Many police forces across Great Britain are starting to improve the ways they serve the needs of deaf people in the community who may be victims of crime or involved in the criminal justice system. Hertfordshire Constabulary's commitment and innovation has really led the way. They thoroughly deserve this award."

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