Thursday, January 2, 2014

Special Needs Registration - Great Falls

Sgt. John SchafferGreat Falls Police Department112 1st Street SouthPO Box 5021Great Falls, MT 59403 March 25th, 2011 Dear Parents,As a fellow parent of a child with special needs we all have concerns about how ourloved one will function in a real world setting. The Great Falls Public Schools does agreat job of teaching our children the life skills needed to live as independently and asintegrated as possible. As a police officer, we come in contact with persons with special needs all the time.People with autism, like my daughter, are 7 times more likely to have contact with lawenforcement. Police officers receive ongoing training on how to interact with people withspecial needs in order to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome, but we need yourhelp. You are the best source of information when it comes to your child or loved one. Youknow their likes and dislikes, their triggers or sensory issues, as well as de-escalationtechniques. These are the things that we would like to know, should we come in contactwith your family member. Attached you will find a form that we would like you to fill out. It is completely voluntary.The information on this form, including the photo, will be submitted to the GFPDdatabase. When a police officer has contact with the person listed on the form, our 911Center can provide us with the information needed to successfully interact andcommunicate with your loved one, as well as your contact information. The informationwill be kept confidential. Thank you for your interest in this program. If you have any questions please feel free tocontact me at the Great Falls Police Department. My phone number is (406) 771-1180 Sincerely, Sgt. John Schaffer

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