Police partner with Greengard Center for Autism
Portsmouth Herald - 5/8/2017
PORTSMOUTH — The Police Department has partnered with the Greengard Center for Autism to help officers safely and effectively respond to calls for service involving people diagnosed with autism.
"It is important to the PPD to be able to recognize the cues and responses of those they deal with who have autism and further recognize that different approaches are necessary for communication purposes," the Police Department announced. "The PPD takes pride immersing ourselves into our community to provide the best level of service regardless of circumstances."
To achieve those goals, police and the Greengard Center are conducting a registration event from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at 95 Brewery Lane.
Families with autistic members are encouraged to attend to meet members of the Police Department and complete a form with information that may be helpful during an emergency. The form will familiarize police with residents' needs and help them assist during challenging situations "respectfully and with sensitivity."
Registering residents are encouraged to bring a photograph of themselves or be available to be photographed.
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