A police officer in Los Angeles has garnered praise online for his response to a reported disturbance at an office of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Chief Highway Patrol Officer Parra Rodriguez arrived at the scene expecting a row, only to realise that he had to deal with a language barrier between a staff member and customer.

As seen in the video above, the officer proceeded to help a hearing-impaired woman get her ID using American Sign Language, translating between her and a staffer.

Later, when the woman realised she did not have enough cash for the identification fees, Rodriguez also offered his own money to cover the cost.

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