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: Chicago Police Restrict Time Off For Officers; Unclear If Order Is Related To Battle Between City Hall, FOP Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
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.
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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: Amid Critical CPS School Bus Driver Shortage, One Company Uses Halloween Event As Recruiting Tool
Bracelets are available by contacting the Oak Park Police Department at 708-386-3800, email@example.com or by visiting Village Hall.