Fort Lauderdale police launch Autism Outreach Program

Police in Fort Lauderdale are taking steps to increase understanding and interactions between officers and residents with autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month, so police are launching FLPD Cares, an Autism Outreach Program.

Among the program’s goals and tools will be the maintenance of a confidential database of residents with autism so patrol officers can access the file, assess an encounter with autism, and react accordingly, said Police Chief Rick Maglione.

“The state now mandates that all police officers attend annual training on interacting with folks with autism,” Maglione said during a news conference Tuesday. “We wanted to expand on that program and better assist our neighbors with autism and their families.”

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