|TSC volunteers provide sign language course for Brownsville PD|
Texas Southmost College Sign Language Interpreter Frank Slovak gives sign language instruction to a group of Brownsville Police Officers and TSC Security Officers in June.
Eleven Brownsville police and two TSC security officers completed a five-week American Sign Language (ASL) training course on June 29, 2016, that was provided as a free service by Texas Southmost College (TSC).
The ASL training course was offered to assist Brownsville police and TSC security officers handle situations where they might encounter a sign-language user and need to communicate with them.
"The officers learned over 80 words and were taught how to compose brief, functional questions," TSC Sign Language Interpreter Carol Sandoval said. "It was a very rewarding experience for the Disability Services staff that was involved. This seminar was a great way to provide a community service and make available a learning opportunity for the Brownsville Police Department that will benefit our community."
TSC Disability Services staff members Frank Slovak, Angelica Ramos and Carol Sandoval volunteered their time to provide the trainin for the 13 officers every Wednesday afternoon in June.
As part of the training, the officers participated in various scenarios where they were required to communicate in sign language. The scenarios included routine traffic stops, public intoxication and shop lifting, among others.
"I have been on calls where citizens don't speak English, but we can get translators rather quickly to communicate with them," she added. "With the deaf community, we don't have that. And it can be frustrating for them, and us. This course will help us use some basic sign language to start the communication process before a certified translator arrives on the scene to assist us."
González graduated from TSC's Police Academy in spring 2014.
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|Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2016 07:49|