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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit is a team of dedicated officers that focuses on the public safety needs of the deaf and hard of hearing community. They provide sign language interpretation to aid deaf and hard of hearing citizens in their interaction with police officers. They also provide certified sign language interpreters to assist detectives in their investigations. They conduct patrol functions and respond to all citizen complaints.

Core and Affiliate Members of the Special Liaison Division

Download the list of current members of each liaison unit.

Contacting the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit

For immediate police service, always dial 9-1-1.

Emergency call takers can handle calls in multiple languages and can accommodate members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Once police are on the scene, you may request that an on-duty affiliate or Liaison Officer be contacted.

Contacting a Specialized Unit for Normal Police Business

For other police service, such as to request that an affiliate or Liaison Officer attend a meeting or to discuss other non-emergency issues, please contact the appropriate Liaison Office below. Please note that these offices are not staffed 24-hours a day, but all calls will be returned within one business day.

Mailing Address:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit (DHHU)/Patrol Services Bureau
801 Shepherd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

Phone: (202) 698-0289
24/7 On Call Number: (202) 553-7874


Comments, Questions, or Concerns?
Send the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit an email at or submit your concern to Ask the Chief.