New Zealand Police and Deaf Man

There’s an article on the New Zealand News website called Police defend move to send in the dogs.

Essentially, a Deaf man aimed a replica Glock pistol at two neighbours, who then called the police. The police arrived, and after bellowing at him to come out of his flat, which he didn’t do, they sent in two police dogs who then bit him so severely he had to stay in hospital and required plastic surgery.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam said yesterday that armed offender squad members knew of the man’s disability and said a local police officer had been able to raise the man three weeks earlier by simply knocking on the door.

This is preposterous. Perhaps the man opened the door simply because he was standing by the window and saw them at the front door, or perhaps he was about to leave the flat, or saw a silhouette outline in the door? This sort of presumption is unacceptable – find out the facts instead of presuming.

… officers had tried everything to get the man to come out, including knocking down the front door and standing in the hallway of the small flat yelling at him with a loud hailer.

That’s a really effective way of attracting a Deaf man’s attention!

Even the neighbours thought the treatment was unnecessary:

Neighbours, upset at the treatment of the man, said he would not have heard police demands to come out.

Where are the apologies? Deaf awareness training? I hope the Deaf man sues the police!

Disabled people & the police – a new relationship?

logo-mpa-homepage.gifThe Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) and Greater London Action on Disability (GLAD) are holding a conference

Disabled people and the Police ? a new relationship?

Thursday 7th October 2004

at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Broad Sanctuary London SW1P 3EE

Disabled people and the Police ? a new relationship is the title of a report commissioned by the MPA, which will form the basis of the conference discussion. The report is disabled people?s view of what London?s police force should be doing. The MPA and GLAD have joined together to enable this to happen. In the past the police have neglected to consult fully with disabled people. This conference is a clear sign of the willingness of the police authority to engage with disabled people to help create a disability agenda.

We need your input! Your experience with the police is important. We want to hear from you.

The conference should be popular so please book asap!

For further information contact: Selina Scott, GLAD, 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA. Tel: 020 7346 5800. Minicom: 020 7326 4554. Fax: 020 7346 8844. Email:


New PLODs for Somerset East (Somerset East)

Somerset East Police have two PLODs to help forge good relations with the deaf community.

Sergeant Steve Christopher and PC Alison Norman are taking part in the force?s Police Link Officers for Deaf People (PLOD) scheme.

They have volunteered for the role and are receiving deaf awareness and sign language training.

They have also been issued with special mobile phones which have a textphone software package which means it can work as a mobile Minicom which has been developed by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.

Sergeant Steve Christopher said: ?I have studied some British Sign Language which gave me an insight into the issues faced daily by the deaf community.

?We value our role within all our communities and I believe that volunteering for PLOD is a positive step to improving our service to the deaf community. ?

PC Alison Norman added: ? Being the mother of profoundly deaf four year old I have come into regular contact with the deaf community and have become aware of the problems they face in trying to contact the emergency services.

?I am sure PLOD will greatly improve the service we are providing to the deaf community.?