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Panama City, FL – Bay County Sheriff introduces new autism program

Panama City, FL –

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WMBB) – Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford is proposing a new autism program in the county.

Sheriff’s deputies hand out colorful autism awareness decals to those caring for people with autism.

They suggest placing one in the back window of the carer’s vehicle and another near the front door of their home.

When deputies approach the vehicle or home, the stickers alert them to the fact that they may encounter someone with autism and can react appropriately.

“There have been cases across the country where an autistic person is confronted by the police. The police officer is unaware of this and could see some of the actions out of context of the autistic person,” Sheriff Ford said. “I think there have been bad situations all over the country and we certainly want to avoid that.”

Ford said his deputies are all trained in how to handle situations involving people with autism.

He believes the stickers will help.

They are available at the Bay County Sheriff’s Office on Highway 77.

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