Deaf PACT Meeting for Bridgend
South Wales Police has teamed up with Bridgend Deaf Club to set up a series of Deaf PACT meetings in the town.
The event will run the same way as any other PACT meeting, but a sign language expert from the Wales Interpretation and translation Service will attend as an interpreter giving attendees the chance to air their policing concerns.
For many, it will be the first time they are being given the chance to discuss things which concern them directly with an officer, or to get crime prevention advice.
Pc Paul Evans, Hate Crime Officer from Bridgend Community Safety Partnership who is organising the event, said: "We are aware that members of our deaf community have fears and needs, this PACT is set up to engage with their local officers and address those fears and needs, so we are very happy to open the doors to the police service in this way.
"South Wales Police aims to be better at understanding and responding to the needs of all our communities.
"We want to seek a better understanding of what the deaf community may need from us and also share information about how we can helpâ€.
Deaf Pact meetings have been successful in other parts of South Wales such as in Pontypridd where meetings regularly attract around 30 people.
Pc Evans added: â€œIf anyone knows of a profoundly deaf, signing person, who could benefit from attending this meeting, would you be kind enough to share this message with them so that they will be aware of the opportunity to take part in this meeting.
â€œSouth Wales Police will support victims of Hate Crime and take positive action to fully investigate any such issues, I encourage witnesses or third person reporting of Hate Incidents or Crimes to contact us on 101, or 999 in an emergency, so we can help the Deaf Community. A victim can also e-mail the firstname.lastname@example.org to inform the police of an incident or crime themselves.â€
The Bridgend Deaf Pact meeting takes place at the Bridgend Deaf Club, on Tremains Road, on Tuesday, February 5th 7.30pm. There will be information on additional service for deaf customers by the Bridgend County Borough Council.