New Auslan videos to improve police interactions

Victoria Police in collaboration with Expression Australia, formerly known as VicDeaf, will today launch a series of videos to make information on police processes and interactions more accessible for the Deaf community.

Community members will join representatives from both organisations at a launch event on Wednesday night (13 March) to discuss the importance of these videos and how they were produced.

Priority Communities Division Commander Stuart Bateson said Victoria Police is proud to partner with Expression Australia to develop the videos.

“We are committed to ensuring access to information about Victoria Police services, processes and procedures are available to all members of our community, Commander Bateson said.

“We know that interactions with police can often be confronting and intimidating.

“With the release of these videos, we hope to reduce uncertainty and improve confidence for members of our community who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing whenever they interact with police.

The four videos explain:

• the role of police

• what getting help from police may look like

• interacting with police

• what happens when you are arrested.

“These videos are a positive example of the importance of working together to improve our communications with the communities we serve.”

The videos will be available on the Victoria Police and Expression Australia website.

The event will also be live streamed, and the community are welcome to join by visiting this link from 6.30pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/2253253411661937/

Cathy Le

Media unit

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