POLICE are being supplied with new "Sign-On" screens to help them improve communications with the deaf.
The scheme comes as part of a new Deaf Awareness package by Strathclyde Police which helps staff and officers who come face to face with those with hearing difficulties.
The new screens, which work from a laptop, are initially available in three police offices around Motherwell.
Working closely with Deaf Connections, a support and care service for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, the screens allow direct contact with officers via an interpreter.
This will be done either directly from a dedicated police office terminal, or anywhere they have the equipment to hand.