GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Police Department has partnered with Karran Larson, coordinator of Statewide SUD and Recovery Services and Deaf Recovery Coach Supervisor.
In an effort to collaborate with the deaf and hard of hearing community, Chief Storti has added this partnership to the co-responder program. Larson will be utilized as a recovery coach for the community.
Larson will also train officers on how to best interact with the deaf and hard of hearing community in an emergency and in other aspects of police duties.
"With this partnership, we hope to be able to connect her services to other departments across the county and beyond," Storti said.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please visit the GBPD website for a visor card. Utilizing this resource will make it easier to communicate with officers in the event they are seeking help or are stopped while driving.
The Police Department stated in a press release that they are continuing to expand outreach efforts and urge other groups to reach out to begin a conversation with the department.
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