LAS VEGAS (AP) — The city of Henderson is agreeing to improve sign language interpreter availability and pay $35,000 to settle a federal Americans with Disabilities Act complaint about police dealings with the deaf.

The agreement announced Monday calls for police officers to use a pictogram to ask if a person wants an interpreter, and to provide one within an hour under most circumstances.

Acting assistant attorney general in the Justice Department civil rights division Jocelyn Samuels tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that deaf or hard of hearing crime victims, witnesses, arrestees, detainees and others have to be able to communicate clearly with law enforcement officials.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden calls the agreement a model for Nevada.

The agreement also calls for ADA training for police staff members and volunteers.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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