ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Roselle Park Police Department is always looking for new and improved ways to better serve Roselle Park citizens. According to the CDC, one in 54 children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In light of April being Autism Awareness Month, the need for tools and strategies to assist those with autism is clear. Although police are trained to handle a multitude of challenging situations, it's important that they quickly recognize the signs of autism and know effective ways to approach a person with special needs.
The Roselle Park Police Department has deployed “Emergency Sensory Tool Kits” in their patrol vehicles. These Emergency Sensory Tool Kits have been deployed to better accommodate those with special needs in emergency situations.
The Emergency Sensory Tool Kits include noise-reducing earmuffs designed to block out noise, sunglasses for visual support, stress balls, manipulation mediums and several handheld fidget toys to keep hands busy. In addition, the kits include a “PECS” board (Picture Exchange Communication System) and dry- erase boards to better assist the non-verbal community in communicating with first responders.
Chief Daniel J. McCaffery said, “This is an additional tool for our officers to better serve those with special needs.”