Monthly Archives: April 2018

Making Police work accessible

In partnership with Police Link Officers for Deaf people (PLOD), ALAS members attended an informative CPD day at Southampton Police station on Saturday 7th April 2108.

Members were given a comprehensive tour of the police station followed by a Q&A session with PLOD officers. This included the process for those being arrested, victims and witnesses. Lipspeaker Jay even managed to have his height checked in the custody suite.

In the afternoon members were given the opportunity to role-play the interview process with a PLOD officer, solicitor and deaf person. Feedback from the day was very positive and we look forward to working with PLOD again in 2019.

Photo of ALAS members sat in Police conference room





“Well presented programme with very useful handbook.”

“Small group and very interactive comments with police team.”


By |2018-04-08T14:36:58+00:00April 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Making Police work accessible

Police Workshop & AGM

We are looking forward to welcoming ALAS members to our second CPD workshop. In conjunction with the police link officers for deaf people (PLOD) Chair Lesley Weatherson is hosting this informative day with colleague and fellow BSL Interpreter Glen Barham MBE.

“Many lipspeakers and BSL interpreters do not feel confident or competent to work in the police setting. We hope that by having a tour of the busy station, an insight into policies and procedures as well as an in-depth Q &A session with PLOD, Language service professionals will feel able to accept bookings and provide communication support for deaf people”.

In addition to the information sharing, the station are facilitating a role play exercise for attendees to have a go at lipspeaking an interview.

“It’s often the fear of the unknown. By lipspeaking for a deaf detainee whilst being filmed, looking back on the clip and self evaluating, ones skills and conduct will be enhanced and improved”.

The day will conclude with the inaugural AGM for ALAS.

See you there.


By |2018-04-06T13:19:55+00:00April 6th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Police Workshop & AGM