OPA: USDOJ Enters into Agreements to Resolve Allegations that two Colorado Law Enforcement Agencies Failed to Provide Effective Communication to Individuals who are Deaf.

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USDOJ Enters into Agreements to Resolve Allegations that two Law Enforcement Agencies in Colorado Failed to Provide Effective Communication to Individuals who are Deaf

The Justice Department announced yesterday that it has reached settlement agreements with the City of Englewood and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The agreements resolve allegations that these law enforcement agencies failed to provide effective communication to individuals who are deaf, including crime victims, witnesses, members of the public, arrestees, and detainees.  These law enforcement agencies came forward voluntarily to enter into these agreements while the Department’s investigation was ongoing, so no finding of violation was made against either entity.  The agreements also resolve a private lawsuit brought by individuals who are deaf, the Colorado Association of the Deaf, and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition.  The agreements are very comprehensive and may serve as models throughout the nation’s law enforcement and detention communities.   

People interested in finding out more about the ADA and the Department’s settlement agreements with the City of Englewood and Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office can access the ADA website at ADA.gov, or call the toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).



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