Starting next week, Ottawa Police Service will have transparent braille laminates available for officers to attach to their wallet ID badges.
“This is a great opportunity to enhance service to residents in our City,” said Sergeant Adam Coakley, who led the initiative. “With more than 8,000 residents in Ottawa who are blind or partially sighted, the braille sleeve makes it easier to confirm we are police officers when interacting with people who have vision loss.”
The overlay – placed on top of the officer’s wallet badge ID – will provide officers with the means to effectively identify themselves to a member of the public who is blind or partially sighted. Each overlay indicates the rank of the officer and the main police phone number.
According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind this initiative is unique in Canada and puts the Ottawa Police ahead of the pack in terms of accessibility.
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