Police have been teaming up to raise awareness of internet safety amongst the Deaf Community in Derby.

Digital PCSO Shevani Raichura was joined by PLOD Manager (Police Link Officers for people who are Deaf) Jane Birkin to host an online safety session on Friday, June 10.

The session saw the policing team working alongside Robin Ash, Access and Inclusion Officer from the British Deaf Association (BDA), to help improve services for people who are deaf.

During the talk, Digital PCSO Raichura spoke to the Derby Deaf Club about the steps that they could take to keep themselves safe in the online world, with a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter sharing the information between the group and the speakers.

During the presentation, the policing team spoke about a range of topics around online safety and also showcased a role play to offer further advice and guidance. The group then had the opportunity to ask questions.

Digital PCSO Raichura said: “The community group were fantastic and really engaged with the interactive session and role play I had built into the presentation.

“There were some excellent questions raised around privacy settings, online gaming and what information is safe to share online. It was great to see the adults of the group sharing their online experiences with the youngsters providing additional support around the topic.

PLOD Manager Jane Birkin added: “It is very important that we continue to communicate key messages to our Deaf Community. We are delivering information on a range of topics that the community have asked for around the county jointly with the BDA and they have been very successful.”

Access and Inclusion Officer Robin Ash from the British Deaf Association said: “We were fortunate to have Shevani come along to our Derby Deaf Club to give an excellent visual presentation around cyber safety. Members of the Deaf Community were interested to learn about internet safety and the useful tips to help them to stay safe online. We would like to say many thanks to Digital PCSO Raichura and Jane Birkin, the PLOD manager from Derbyshire police for organising the workshop.”

For cybercrime prevention advice, information and support, visit the dedicated Protect Yourself Online web hub: www.derbyshire.police.uk/Cybercrime

Here you will find information on a range of topics from child sexual exploitation, to social media safety and fraud.

Press release by:

Cybercrime and Fraud - North Division
Corporate Communications
Derbyshire Constabulary
Web: www.derbyshire.police.uk