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Promoting Positive Interactions with Police Officers

  • Sudbury Police Department 75 Hudson Road Sudbury, MA, 01776 United States (map)

Chief Nix from the Sudbury Police Department will host a brief discuss about safety in the special needs community. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are more likely to have interactions with police officers because they are more commonly the victims of crime and because communication difficulties can lead to misunderstandings. These factors may sometimes create negative and serious outcomes. How can we support people with disabilities during an emergency or any interaction with first responders? Some may need assistance identifying the emergency and dialing 911, some are overwhelmed by sirens and lights and may become upset or try to hide, and some individuals are scared of people in uniform. Please come to a presentation with Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix, joined by Jail Diversion Clinician Taylor Hayden, on issues surrounding our local first responders and people with disabilities.