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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 21:09 GMT 22:09 UK
Police couple learn sign language
Pc Tony Crompton and Sgt Kate Crompton present a cheque to pupils from the Royal School for the Deaf
The couple have raised money for the Royal School for the Deaf
Two police officers have been learning sign language to help them communicate with the deaf community.

Husband and wife Pc Tony Crompton and Sgt Kate Crompton, of Greater Manchester Police, have completed the British Sign Language level 1 course.

The course, which was funded by GMP, now means that they are able to hold a basic conversation with deaf people.

The couple recently ran the Wilmslow half marathon for the Royal Schools for the Deaf in Cheadle.

I found the course really challenging but I am glad that I have made the step
Sgt Kate Compton
Pc Crompton, crime reduction advisor for the Trafford division said: "In my role, I regularly attend meetings and provide inputs to a cross section of the public.

"I was inspired to learn sign language after meeting a member of police staff who is deaf and feel that being able to hold a basic conversation in sign language will be of real benefit when carrying out my job."

Sgt Crompton, who works in GMP's Diversity Command section, said: "I have been extremely impressed with the communications skills of the deaf people that I have had contact with, but at the same time felt disappointed that I was not able to communicate with them in sign language.

"I found the course really challenging but I am glad that I have made the step and find it really rewarding that I can now hold a basic conversation in sign language."


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