Barnsley PCSO builds confidence in local deaf community

Date published: 01 June 2019 07:50
Dated: 01 June 2019 08:32:24

A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) from Goldthorpe station in Barnsley has delivered educational sessions to the local deaf community to increase their awareness and confidence in the police.


PCSO Tom Berry delivered his first session to the charity ‘Deafinitions’ on Wednesday 29 May. The session covered an understanding of reporting hate crime, protecting vulnerable people and how to contact the police in an emergency and non-emergency situation.

Deafinitions are a charity based in Goldthorpe, Barnsley that support the deaf community and provide support in relation to health, employment and youth development, as well as hosting regular community events where members from across South Yorkshire come together and socialise.

The charity contacted PCSO Berry earlier this year and he was later invited along to meet their members.

The community explained how they had a lack of faith in the police, would often leave crimes unreported and were unclear on how to make contact.

PCSO Berry explained how people who are unable to call 999 and speak down the phone can use a SMS text messaging service.

The emergency SMS service lets deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK 999 service, where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire service or coastguard.

Users need to register their mobile phone before using service. This can be done via the Next Generation Text Service website.

PCSO Berry will be holding regular crime prevention and reduction stalls within the charities building on Commercial Road, Goldthorpe. He will be a regular friendly face and contact for members of the their community.

A huge thank you to our Detective Chief Inspector Jude Ashmore for supporting PCSO Berry on the evening.

PCSO Tom Berry presenting on how to contact the police

PCSO Tom Berry presenting on how to contact the police

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