The Department takes great pride in its collaboration with the Autism Society of the Keys (ASK), offering strong support to advance its mission of aiding families impacted by autism.
In order to enhance communication during tense situations, each police vehicle is equipped with a sensory box. This training and specialized equipment enable us to effectively assist in various scenarios, catering to individuals who might be inclined to flee or experience verbal communication challenges. Our school resource officers' vehicles proudly display the autism awareness puzzle pieces, and throughout Autism Awareness Month, our officers don blue badges and autism patches. All these efforts are aimed at fostering greater community awareness.