Public Service Announcement
March 22, 2017
Hearing Impaired Communications Cards for Law Enforcement Officers
The Flagler Beach Police Department has partnered with Easterseals of Northeast Central Florida and the Daytona Beach Police Department on an initiative to provide our municipal Law Enforcement Officers with a quick reference tool to assist in communicating with citizens who are either deaf or hearing impaired.
Effective Wednesday, March 22, 2017 each sworn Officer of the Flagler Beach Police Department will be equipped with a “Deaf Visor Card” (copy attached). The purpose of the card is to improve communication with individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Officers will have the new cards over the “Visors” of their patrol vehicle for easy access.
According to Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney, the cards were made available through Easterseals of Northeast Central Florida and the Daytona Beach Police Department. “The success of most personal interactions comes down to the ability for all parties involved to communicate effectively. If these cards help our Officers to communicate with members of the public who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, then we’ve broken down a barrier that otherwise could lead to confusion and frustration.”
If there are any questions regarding the “Deaf Visor Cards”, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2020.