Cops for Inclusion
Welcome to the Lynnwood Police Department’s first ever “Cops for Inclusion”: A Day With Kids of Diverse Abilities!
This event is designed exclusively for children and families with children on the Autism Spectrum. We know that oftentimes people with ASD utilize 911 and emergency services, and we want to make you and your loved ones feel safe around police officers before you see us in the event of an emergency. Our goal is to host an event that allows us to interact with you in a sensory-inclusive environment, while having fun and getting to know each other.
How it will work: we will be setting up seven different stations for your families to rotate through. Inside, you’ll learn about pedestrian safety, fingerprinting, our police robot, and what’s on our vests. Outside, you’ll get to meet K9 Chase (from a distance), see what’s inside our patrol vehicles, and watch our drone in action. You will register for an hour block of time, and your time at each station will be approximately ten minutes. Your child will be given a goody bag at the start of the event and collect items at each station to take home at the end of the day.
We understand that some children are sensitive to loud noises and flashing lights. Therefore, we are designating two time slots during the day in which we will not be operating any of our lights, sirens, or equipment. Those blocks are indicated on the registration form.
There will also be several informational tables for parents! A SNO911 dispatcher with two children on the Autism Spectrum will be providing information and helping interested families sign-up for Smart911, and a Lynnwood patrol officer will be available to answer questions about our response to your calls for service.
We are working with licensed behavior health professionals to create an environment in which your family feels safe and welcome. We have reserved a “quiet room” inside the church facility if you and your child need to step away from the action. We will also be providing fresh fruit and other healthy snacks.
Remember, you can skip any station that doesn’t work for your family. The top of each hour will begin with everyone meeting K9 Chase, but if that’s something your child would prefer not to do, that’s okay with us! Visit every station or spend your entire hour at your favorite station. Cops for Inclusion is all about you having a positive experience with us!
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Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 11:00 AM
- 04:00 PM
Community Life Center, 19820 Scriber lake Road, Lynnwood 98036 View Map