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Fully BSL signed video produced by East Midlands police forces to raise awareness of cyber security

A first-of-its-kind video has been produced by East Midlands Police forces to help the deaf community learn about cyber security, fraud and scams that could affect them.

In a collaboration across five police forces in the East Midlands, officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) Cyber Protect teams spent a day filming with BSL Interpreter Sabrina Faulkner from Leicestershire Police, to produce a series of videos that will be shared across the region.

This is the first of a series of videos that will be released in coming months, each with an important message for the deaf community.

Detective Sergeant Louise Gibson from the Cyber Security team said: “We are very proud to today be releasing our first fully signed BSL video. It is vital to us that we make our advice as accessible to as many people as possible.

“Sabrina is the Police Link Officer for Deaf People at Leicestershire Police as well as a registered sign language interpreter, and we are very grateful to be working with her in order to get such important messages to a huge demographic that live and work in our communities.

“The deaf community is no exception in being a target for criminals, so if you or someone you know is deaf please signpost them to this video and keep an eye on our website for more being released soon.”

Alongside the video, the team is also relaunching its website following improvements made to its mobile site.

For more information on the work of our Cyber Protect teams, please follow our regional account on Twitter: @EMCyberSecure


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