March 25th, 2011
As a fellow parent of a child with special needs we all have concerns about how our
loved one will function in a real world setting. The Great Falls Public Schools does a
great job of teaching our children the life skills needed to live as independently and as
integrated as possible.
As a police officer, we come in contact with persons with special needs all the time.
People with autism, like my daughter, are 7 times more likely to have contact with law
enforcement. Police officers receive ongoing training on how to interact with people with
special needs in order to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome, but we need your
You are the best source of information when it comes to your child or loved one. You
know their likes and dislikes, their triggers or sensory issues, as well as de-escalation
techniques. These are the things that we would like to know, should we come in contact
with your family member.
Attached you will find a form that we would like you to fill out. It is completely voluntary.
The information on this form, including the photo, will be submitted to the GFPD
database. When a police officer has contact with the person listed on the form, our 911
Center can provide us with the information needed to successfully interact and
communicate with your loved one, as well as your contact information. The information
will be kept confidential.
Thank you for your interest in this program. If you have any questions please feel free to
contact me at the Great Falls Police Department. My phone number is (406) 771-1180
Sgt. John Schaffer