Sign-language help will now be available in seven precincts.
The New York Police Department its boosting a pilot program that provides deaf people with more ways to communicate with police officers, Patch.com reports.
The program was launched in three precincts earlier this year, and is now expanding to four more.
The pilot program started in the department's 9th precinct, which includes the East Village; in the 115th precinct in Queens; and the 121st precinct in Staten Island. It now includes four more precincts: the 26th, which includes the Upper West Side, the 32nd precinct in Harlem and the 42nd and 44th precincts in the Bronx.
Those areas will have on-call sign language interpreters who can respond if a deaf person is stopped by police or comes to an officer with a problem. If more immediate help is needed, officers in those precincts will also have tablets using a video-conferencing system to connect them with interpreters.
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