Blind as a Bat

Don’t say ‘blind as a bat’, diversity guide warns police

Thousands of police officers have been issued with a 140-page ‘diversity handbook’ containing tips such as ‘Don’t lean on a disabled person’s wheelchair’.

The guide points out that it is unhelpful for officers to cover their mouths when talking to somebody who is lip-reading, and suggests the phrase ‘blind as a bat’ may cause offence.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland spent almost £5,000 on the project, consulting 75 different groups before handing out 7,000 copies of the booklet to all Scottish police forces.

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