West Yorkshire Police is supporting Deaf Awareness Week this week. See our new video by Force Deaf Champion and Staff Member Chloe Lockey.
My name is Chloe Lockey. I was born profoundly deaf in both ears and I never knew I was deaf until I was about 6 year old. All my life, I never see much difference between me and other people, I felt we were all equal.
In my role (as a Business Support Administrator), we do many administrative tasks for our department. For example, I would be responsible for seized cash which is taken by the police, I do the counting and bank them before asking my colleague to make the transfer to someone, the owner, who have the right to get their money back. I also set up new operations, for e.g. murder, I would have to set up the operation, type in who the OIC (officer in charge) etc and send it round to our department so everyone knows what new operations is being set up for their info. There are so many examples of what I do every day, I do enjoy it though, it keeps me busy!
I have worked with West Yorkshire Police for nearly 1 year, I have only started here last October. Before that, I was working for Northumbria Police so I have had many years of experience in this kind of role. When I moved here, I was still really happy as it’s a new start and the support here had been fantastic. When I applied for my role here, it was pretty easy. There were no complications, the questions were simple, easy to understand. I was happy how the application went, it helps me get confident that I could get this job. Yes I was nervous but that’s normal! I was happy when I got the job, I was pleased how my interview went. West Yorkshire Police have been very supportive, they provided me a BSL interpreter at interview which was a massive help. That why I got this job because they knew what I am capable of.
My team – there is a small group of us, which helps a lot because with the 5 of us, it’s easy to understand each other, communicate with each other. It would be a big difference if there was a large group of us because I would miss out what people are saying, miss out what they are doing. So with a small group of us, it’s a fantastic help. My team are brilliant, they are trying to know a bit of BSL to try to bond with me, it’s a lovely feeling, a brilliant team to work with. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me.
If anyone is thinking of applying for a job (with the police) and they, themselves, have a disability, whether they are deaf, blind etc, I recommend them to go for it. Because West Yorkshire Police will see through your disabilities, they will take that in consideration but all they care about is what you know, what skills you have and what you are capable of. If they are impressed with you, they will support you with your disability. Like I said, when they found out I was deaf, they supported me by with the interpreter but they knew that I can do this role. And so far, they are pleased with how I did and so I am happy with that. My best advice to everyone out there is go for it, we will support you.
I am just new in this voluntary role but as a Deaf Champion, what we are trying to do is to help the force raise awareness of how deaf people face their challenges every day and how we can help them. We want to help improve the relationship between the deaf community and the police force, I want to help the deaf community realise the police are trying their best to help if only the deaf community will let them. Our responsibility as a Deaf Champion is to keep in touch with the deaf community and let them know what the police are trying to do to help them and what they are doing for them. I am heavily involved in the deaf community myself with lots of deaf friends and I feel to be the face of the deaf community in this police force is a massive honour, because to be a Deaf Champion here I feel like I can work with both worlds and get them to work together as well.
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