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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2020
The Springfield Police Department is proud to announce a new program that aims to improve the interactions between officers and those with specialized needs. Springfield citizens can now pick up emergency alert stickers from Police Headquarters (321 E. Chestnut Expressway) that can be placed on the windows of homes or vehicles. The stickers will notify first responders of an occupant who may have specialized needs that could create a barrier to communication. Three stickers are being offered to identify those with the following special needs: "Dementia or Alzheimer’s", "Deaf or Hard of Hearing," and "Autism or Special Needs."
All officers with SPD receive training on how to support people with invisible disabilities that could be misinterpreted and cause communication hurdles. SPD also has specially trained Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officers available to assist in these types of situations. The purpose of the emergency alert stickers is to supplement those existing efforts.
“Officers and other first responders need to be as prepared as possible when walking into an emergency situation and every second matters,” said Police Chief Paul Williams. “The emergency alert stickers will hopefully prevent miscommunication and quickly give officers important information so they can adjust their approach to best serve the specific needs of every individual.”
Any individual or business who may find the stickers helpful is invited to pick one up at Police Headquarters.
The stickers are being provided at no cost to the public.
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Media Contact: PAO Jasmine Bailey417-864-1786[email protected]
Release authorized by Chief Paul Williams