1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Duolingo
  4. >
  5. 10 ASL signs all police offic…

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

10 ASL signs all police officers should learn

10 (really 16 though) American Sign Language signs all police officers should learn. :)

  1. Stop
  2. Wait
  3. Registration, License (two signs)
  4. Drug, Smoking, Drinking (three signs)
  5. Help
  6. Speeding
  7. Calm down
  8. Deaf, Hard of hearing (two signs)
  9. Arrested
  10. Notepad, Interpreter (two signs)

Click here for video.

PS As an aside if you are unable to contact a moderator about a serious Guideline violation, please fill out this form here as an alternative way to report.

June 4, 2017

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leah57800

Things like this are so useful for emergency personnel. I'll have to find one for EMS ;D Thanks!

June 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

If you find one, let us know! :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

I always thought it would be a good idea for members of the emergency services to receive training in one of the languages they're likely to encounter in their work. It always seemed a little odd that the majority of police officers in the UK are monolingual given their duties.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/.HermioneGranger

Thanks for sharing!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

Police officers in the USA? Though I get the general point: learning whatever sign language is relevant to a particular police force.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Not necessarily just the USA. ASL is used in USA, Canada, some countries in Africa, and... I can't recall where else. I don't have videos with signs for places other than those that use ASL. But, if others do, I encourage them to make discussions for them. If they do, I'll link them in the OP here. ^_^


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kshulters

This doesn't have anything to do with this discussion, but I wanted you to see this. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22909040


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jimnicholson

Didn't know that - thanks! I incorrectly assumed that Canadian Sign Language would be a thing. :-)

I was suprised by the number of words that seem driving related. In the UK the deaf people I knew didn't drive, but that's partly because of good levels of public transport, and it avoids things like siren detectors etc. I guess it is much more common in other countries like the USA.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

There is another Sign Language in Canada. I don't know much about it and I got the impression it was not as widely used. I could definitely be wrong though. It is worth Googling. But, ASL is also used in Canada. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristenDQ

https://www.ethnologue.com/language/ase lists some locations where ASL is used. However, in terms of sign language dialects, there are over 17 pages of different dialects all over the world. I did a report on it and the list was so long I didn't even finish reading through it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dasha_Rose

This is perfect! Exactly what d/Deaf people need! More accessibility, the better!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristenDQ

A great DVD that I have found useful is "Emergency Signs" produced and published by "Everyday ASL". A great resource for anyone looking to learn new signs, and they have DVDs you can purchase, which will give you interpreter hours too!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Thanks for mentioning the resources! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KristenDQ

You're welcome!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kshulters

Thank you for sharing this with us all! These are so useful for emergency situations.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Devokan

Thank you for this, it's very interesting. Kinda wish he had a Youtube link for it though.

I found this too. It seems like some of the signs (drugs, arrest) are different between the two. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy1GjqUxfFo


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I looked through AI-Media's YouTube channel under their ASL video playlist, but couldn't find this one. I may have overlooked it though.

Oh! Also, for those interested, AI-Media on Youtube as videos for BSL and Auslan too. Maybe a few others are represented as well. I can't recall off the top of my head.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Devokan

Yeah, it doesn't look like it's there. I went through Deafinitely Dope's channel too and it's not there either. Too bad.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Devokan, the sign this person you've linked above is using for "drugs" is the sign for "medicine" where I live. I've never seen it used with the connotation of illicit drug use. It could be a regional variation, or could be my lack of exposure to ASL.

I recognize their sign in "arrested" as being included as part of the sign for "free" (if I remember correctly). So, I could see how it might also be used in the sign for arrested.

Just like any other language, there is variation from place to place. The deaf and hard of hearing people I know usually know a few different versions of a sign, sort of like how in English I know several synonyms. (That's not a perfect comparison of course. regional variations aren't necessarily synonyms.)

I am a hearing person, and if a deaf or hard of hearing person contradicts me, go with what they say. I am certainly not a spokesperson. And, my knowledge is very limited. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Devokan

Huh...I hadn't thought there would be variations beyond those in different sign language systems, but that does make sense.

Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.