Workshop Description: Go behind the scene with Jacksonville PD. Interpreters and the Deaf community will tour the Jacksonville Police Department facility. Participants will experience the inner walls to learn common procedures and engage in a forum with officers and specialist department representatives. By being immersed in this setting, interpreters will glean perspectives form both the Police and Deaf communities. This event will create a comfortable environment and connections with the police and busting any myths and misnomers. At the conclusion of the tour, participants will have the opportunity to interact with all parties. Interpreters will have the opportunity to discuss what they have learned and communicate between officers and Deaf community members. All parties will learn from one another in an array of areas.
Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing – Wilmington Regional Center (WRC)
Jennie Bartholomew, NIC – Interpreter Services Specialist. Recently joined the WRC in September after working as a Community, Educational, and VRS interpreter after graduating from UNCG’s Interpreter Training Program in 2009.
Christina Bauman – Community Accessibility Consultant. Prior to working in the WRC she was a Special Education Teacher in Virginia while she obtained her masters in Assistive Technology. Upon moving to North Carolina she worked for the Services for the Blind and transitioned to DSDHH. She has a love of languages and has become proficient in sign language in 3 short years.
Daisy Rivenbark – Deaf Services Specialist. As a Washington DC native she graduated from Gallaudet with her masters in Rehabilitation. She began her career as a rehabilitation counselor, moving to the AIDs education program and into mental health. She moved to North Carolina in 2005 to join the WRC team
Jacksonville Police Department
Sergeant Dale Silance - Community Outreach Officer. Sergeant Dale Silance is native to the Southwest area of Onslow County. He began his Law Enforcement career in 2003 after obtaining his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Criminology. In 2007, Sgt. Silance joined the Jacksonville Police Department. His career has allowed him to work in a variety of areas including Patrol, Street Crimes, and Special Operations including VICE and Narcotics. In 2014, he received his current rank of Sergeant and was appointed as the supervisor role for the Community Services Division. Sergeant Silance oversees 12 officers including School Resource and Community Officers, and the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT).