Community Police & First Responder Initiatives
Community, Safety and Inclusion
Every person and family affected by autism deserve to feel safe in their home and community. Our robust partnerships with local law enforcement and first responders builds best practices for community safety. Together, we are able to build more inclusive communities.
“The Malden [Police Department] Safewatch Program has been in effect for several years now. It was designed to help MPD get to know all those in our community with autism. Families register with our program and add a detailed list of info about their child that will assist MPD if they should wander or go missing. This cuts down the time it takes to get photos and updated info out to searching officers to help find and bring them home. Some of the info includes places where they like to wander and special words to comfort them if located by officers.”Sergeant John Kelley
Malden (MA) Police Department
“I noticed another department nearby in Walpole had a [community resource] dog that they were using to reach out into the community, and I thought that would be an idea we could use [in Sharon]. When we ran into the situation of financing it, it became an issue. We proposed it to [the Flutie Foundation] and talked about the possibility of bringing a dog like [the one in Walpole] to Sharon and it worked out amazing. Since we’ve had this program up and running. . .it gives us the opportunity to meet one on one with families with family members on the spectrum that have sensory issues [and] gives us the opportunity to open up a line of communication we’ve never had before, because I may intimidate them, but if you look at [our service dog] Flutie, he’s not really intimidating. He is also trained to comfort, unlike a search and rescue dog who may bark. [He] has been an incredible asset to us and has quite a following [in Sharon].”Seargeant Adam Leavitt & Flutie the Community Resource Dog
Sharon (MA) Police Department
“We started [our Autism Acceptance Patch Program] in 2019 . . . we started wearing them and selling them at the same time. I found that having officers wear them generated a lot of awareness and it has worked really well so far. I have family members with autism and I also work in the Wilmington Middle School as a resource officer, working with kids with autism and getting to know them, and thought “we should do something for them.” [Wilmington PD] chose [to work] with [the Flutie Foundation] because I really like the program [they] run and [their] local work and it quickly expanded.”Officer Emily Stebbins
Wilmington (MA) Police Department
$4,300+ Raised for autism acceptance through patch sales since 2019
Community Safety Initiatives
In partnership with ALEC, we work with law enforcement to provide funding and access to critical autism training programs that center around creating a comprehensive safety program in their community. Through training, local first responders and law enforcement become more knowledgeable about working with autistic families and community members.
Adaptive Community Resources
Are you a community leader or first responder in need of resources to make your community more inclusive to people with autism? Contact us about resources that we provide to our partner departments; including identification products and partial funding for community resource dogs.
Law Enforcement & Autism Collaboration
Annually, the Flutie Foundation convenes a group of first responders, law enforcement and community leaders to collaborate on current best practices on keeping the autism community safe and included.
SafetyNet enables public safety agencies to more quickly find and rescue individuals with cognitive conditions who are prone to wandering and becoming lost. The service is comprised of a SafetyNet watch worn by a client that emits radio frequency signals, which can be tracked by local public safety officials via their SafetyNet Search and Rescue Receivers.
Police Patch Fundraising Initiative for Autism Acceptance
We partner with hundreds of police departments as their charity partner for the sale of autism acceptance police patches during April, Autism Acceptance Month.
It’s easy to become a Police Patch Partner and to design a patch for autism acceptance and inclusion! Contact us today to learn more and to start fundraising.