The Great Barrington Police Department is committed to continuous improvement and finding new ways to deliver services to meet the diverse needs of our community. In partnership with the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH), the MCDHH endorsed a visor card to assist a person who is deaf when communicating with a police officer during a traffic stop.
The MCDHH Deaf Visor Card has provided an innovative and creative solution to bridge the communication gap between individuals who are deaf and frontline officers during traffic investigations.
Community engagement and mobilization is the key to building relationships within our communities.
The concept of the visor card is an excellent example of an innovative tool designed through community-police collaboration with proven results and tremendous value to the way the GBPD provides policing support to our community.
The visor card further positions the GBPD as a leader in policing excellence by providing an innovative and creative tool that enhances accessible, sensitive, and proactive policing services to members of the Deaf community and our police service members.
**Motorists who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to print out and affix the card below to their car’s visor. Doing so will make it easier to communicate with officers in the event they are seeking help or are stopped while driving.