Police Interpreter Training by Vicki Carrabin, communications manager
|Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th January 2016 saw Tessa Slaughter (Senior Interpreter) and Vicki Carrabin (Manager) (Communication Services) attending a training course on Police Interpreting, held in Leicester. The two day course covered a variety of practical and theoretical considerations for working with the police and Deaf people. The Leicestershire PLOD (Police Link Officers with Deaf People) explained their role and the development of their involvement with the Deaf community. It was a very informative weekend, with a good balance of practical learning, discussion (and debate!), along with an explanation of legal frameworks and terminology. A solicitor explained her role in the process of suspect interviews, we had theoretical input and experiences from Peter Llewllyn-Jones and Jason Bell. The PLOD were represented by Emma Gilbert who ran us through the procedures of police work. It was a valuable weekend giving us both a better understanding of the varying roles that people play in the police processes. PLOD officers do vital work in providing front line support for Deaf people offering immediate communication with them whilst an appropriately qualified and registered interpreter is sourced. Hopefully one day we will have a PLOD working in Worcestershire/Herefordshire (West Mercia Police) and Oxfordshire (Thames Valley Police).