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Kent pioneers deaf text service.(News)

A new SMS service for deaf and speech-impaired people was launched at Kent Police Headquarters. The launch of the partnership project coincided with a visit from Anne McGuire, Minister for Disabled People, who was visiting Kent Police Headquarters to attend a disability action group meeting.

The initiative is a joint venture between Kent Police, Kent County Council (KCC) and Kent Fire and Rescue (KFRS), and will allow those with hearing and speech problems to 'text' the emergency services when they require help.

Those using the SMS system will have to start their text with the word 'police', 'medic' or 'rescue' depending on which service they need, followed by the rest of their message. …

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