The Need for Police Training To Deal With Disabled Individuals

The recent fatal shooting of a deaf man in North Carolina highlights the critical need for police departments to train their officers on how to communicate with persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, or may have other types of disabilities that interfere with effective communication. An article discussing the tragic incident entitled, “Fatal Shooting of Deaf Man Raises Concerns About Police Training,” appears on the Society for Human Resource Management’s website.

The article quotes DiMuroGinsberg partner, Jonathan R. Mook, about the importance of police departments understanding the needs of persons with disabilities and taking steps to ensure that law enforcement officers are prepared to appropriately deal with individuals who are disabled. According to Jonathan, “in many situations, a tragic outcome could have been prevented if a police officer had received and took to heart training on how to deal with persons with various types of disabilities.”

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