Community Meeting

Deaf Community Services of San Diego Partners with SDPD for Cultural Competency Training

On Monday, August 21, 2017, there was an altercation between a deaf man and the parking enforcement officer in the City of San Diego. During the altercation, the deaf man was pepper-sprayed and tasered by back up officers. Concerns have been brought up as to how the situation escalated to this point as there were opposing views by witnesses to the incident.

In light of this recent incident regarding the deaf man and the parking enforcement officer, Deaf Community Services (DCS) has expressed concerns regarding parking enforcement officers’ and law enforcement’s abilities to effectively identify deaf individuals during interactions of any type. As a result, DCS has reached out to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) to work together to avoid such situations in the future. DCS and SDPD have formed a partnership to enhance the cultural competency training for police recruits and police officers.

In an effort to educate and hear the concerns of the San Diego Deaf Community, the SDPD will be attending a community meeting hosted by Deaf Community Services (DCS) on September 7, 2017, at 6:30 pm at DCS Community Room, 1545 Hotel Circle South, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92108. The meeting will focus on interaction with the police.

Douglas Sampson, Chair of DCS’ Board of Directors, said, “We strongly urge other local law enforcement agencies to review their current Deaf Cultural Competency training to ensure better relations with Deaf citizens of San Diego County. We need to team up to provide such training for all law enforcement personnel on their chance encounters with members of our Deaf Community.”

Deaf Community Services is the only social services agency in town serving deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Its mission is “to advocate, educate and serve as partners within our community to achieve full access and inclusion of, by and for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind and Late Deafened people”