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Nov 10, 2016 1:12 PM

Portsmouth PD working to effectively respond to incidents involving autistic people


PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Police Department has partnered with the Greengard Center for Autism in an effort for the officers to safely and effectively respond to incidents 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 department said.

An event to register those with autism in Portsmouth will be held Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Greengard Center, 95 Brewery Lane, Portsmouth.

This gives the public an opportunity to meet the officers of the department and fill out a Disability Vital Information Form with emergency information regarding family members with autism. These details will help to familiarize the department with their special needs, and give them the opportunity to deal with incidents respectfully.

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