Robert A. Skinner
The social construction of 101 non-emergency video relay services for deaf signers.
Skinner, Robert A.; Napier, Jemina; Fyfe, Nicholas R
Professor Nick Fyfe firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Principal - Research
How the police prepare for and engage with a citizen who is deaf and uses British Sign Language (BSL) is a national problem. From the perspective of deaf sign language users, the police remain largely inaccessible and unprepared in how to accommodate their linguistic needs. Four regional forces have responded to this issue by introducing a local solution, a bespoke 101 non-emergency video relay service (101VRS). Independent VRS companies function as the auxiliary service, mediating video calls to a 101 helpline. This service was identified as a simple solution that relied on minimal resourcing and input from the police. In using Pinch and Bijker’s social construction of technology (SCOT) framework, we look at competing interpretations of the 101VRS concept and how this has led to a range of intended and unintended solutions and problems (Pinch TJ and Bijker WE (1984) The social construction of facts and artefacts: or how the sociology of science and the sociology of technology might benefit each other. Social Studies of Science 14(3): 399–441). To maintain the investment in improving access to the police, we recommend harmonization of 101VRS nationally, and ongoing consultation with how front-line services can become better prepared at assisting deaf citizens.
SKINNER, R.A., NAPIER, J. and FYFE, N.R. 2021. The social construction of 101 non-emergency video relay services for deaf signers. International journal of police science and management [online], 23(2), pages 145-156. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461355720974703
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Oct 26, 2020|
|Online Publication Date||Jan 13, 2021|
|Publication Date||Jun 1, 2021|
|Deposit Date||May 25, 2021|
|Publicly Available Date||May 25, 2021|
|Journal||International Journal of Police Science and Management|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||Video relay services; Policing diverse communities; Non-emergency; Calls; Sign language; Interpreting studies; Social construction of technology|
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