Police attend deaf sensitivity training


MISSOULA, Mont. - According to the Missoula Police Department one in 10 Americans is deaf or hard of hearing.

In Montana 1.6 percent of people ages 18 to 64 are deaf. That is why the Missoula Police Department held a deaf sensitivity training course.

Officers from across Montana attended.

The course helps ensure Montana responders are able to help everyone, not just those who can hear.

The training showed responders how to interact with those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

"Understand that you need to face someone when you are talking to them, understand that they need to be able to see your lips, they need to be able to see your gestures and your body languages, a lot of the stuff we take for granted," said Helena police Officer Bryan Haven.

Officials say the training is not brought about because of more cases involving the hearing impaired, but because police and medical responders showed an interest in sensitivity training.

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