CHICAGO (CBS)– The Oak Park Police Department is implementing a new strategy to better serve residents with disabilities who may not be able to communicate verbally during an emergency.
The department is offering free green silicone bracelets with metal plates, engraved with identification information that can quickly lead officers to a parent or guardian.READ MORE: Arwady: Parents, Get Your Children The COVID Vaccine When It's Available To Kids 12 And Over
An individual with autism, Alzheimer’s or dementia may not be able to instruct officers of their needs, but the green bracelets can provide vital information.READ MORE: Where To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Shot For Children 12-15: Doctors Say Vaccinating Children Key To Helping End Pandemic
For safety purposes, the metal plate does not have any personal information. It does have an identification number for officers to access secured information at the police department.MORE NEWS: 3 Killed In Starved Rock Explosion Last Week Identified
Bracelets are available by contacting the Oak Park Police Department at 708-386-3800, email@example.com or by visiting Village Hall.