Officer Myra Jordan of the Washington, D.C. Police Department came up with the idea 14 years ago, NBC News reports. Officer Jordan learned sign language as a child, playing with a deaf neighbor.
Now the department's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit has been building bridges with the deaf community for more than a decade. It's the only police unit in the country dedicated to protecting deaf people.
Jordan, a 25-year veteran of the department, brought her idea to the chief. "The Metropolitan Police Department was struggling with communicating or interacting with the deaf community, and we needed to build that bridge," Jordan told NBC News.
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