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Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 06/18/2010

Software to help communicate with deaf

By Washington Post editors

D.C. police say they're installing new software in their patrol cars to improve communication with the deaf and hard of hearing community.

The department put the software in 15 police cars this week as part of a pilot program. It provides a video link that allows people to communicate with interpreters in American Sign Language. The translation is then relayed to officers.

Police say the technology will allow officers to gather information from the scene more quickly. The software also is in all seven police district stations and three substations.

The Rocklin, Calif.-based Purple Communications Inc. did not charge police for installing the software. Officials say it's an important tool given the city's large deaf community, which includes Gallaudet University.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | June 18, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
Categories:  DC  | Tags:  communicate, d.c. police, deaf  
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