Pilot Program Puts Live Sign Language Interpreters in Police Officers' Hands

Deaf and hearing-impaired New Yorkers will soon have an easier time communicating with police officers.

As part of a new pilot program, cops in three precincts will be carrying tablets that can instantly connect them to a live video chat with a sign language interpreter.

The program was designed by the NYPD in collaboration with the Deaf Justice Coalition.

Advocates say there are close to 200,000 people who are deaf or hearing-impaired living in the city.

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