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Essex Sensory Awareness Week - Laura's Story

Essex Sensory Awareness Week - Laura's Story
We are marking Essex Sensory Awareness Week by celebrating the work our officers and staff do to help some of the county’s most vulnerable people.

Laura Cade works in the Public Engagement Team, led by Jock Gibson, who helped recognise that Essex Police could communicate better with the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Looking to make improvements in the engagement with the deaf community, has led to the Public Engagement Team and the Essex Police College collaborating with Essex Cares Limited (ECL) to deliver Sensory Awareness Training to student officers.

She said “We recognised there was a lack of police engagement with members of this community and there were barriers in place preventing non-emergency contact from this community.

“The training helps give officers an insight into the issues and challenges a person experiences through the loss of sight and hearing or both.

“They learn how to approach and communicate with members of this community and what sensory impairment the different colours on support dog coats and sticks related to.

“Through the use of specialist equipment, the officers are involved in activities to experience first-hand how it feels to have a sight and hearing loss."

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