September 3, 2016
The sign language workshop for Shiga prefecture police staff members started in 2001. Total of about two hundred staff members have participated in the workshop for more than 15 years so far. (photo)
The workshop gives the good opportunity to learn a basis of communication with a Deaf person. The Deaf community highly estimates the sign language workshop as they feel safe when in emergency, and at the same time expects more understanding in the prefecture police as a whole.
The workshop has started with suggestion of the prefecture police staff who participated in the sign language club held at the prefecture office. Since then the workshop has been held weekly from May through August every year in the Prefecture Police Headquarters.