The Centralia Police Department (CPD) is pleased to announce the introduction of Project Guardian. This program was developed to help keep your loved one with intellectual/developmental disabilities, including autism, safe. The program is based on Project Guardian developed by Newport News (VA) Police Department and modeled after Yakima Police Department's implementation of this program.
The program is a free, voluntary, and confidential database offered and managed by CPD for persons living in Centralia, Washington (98531 ZIP code).
First responders often don’t know whether or not individuals they encounter have disabilities because there aren’t any telltale physical signs. For example, flashing lights on an emergency vehicle might cause a person with autism to become frightened and act out. First responders may not understand why some individuals will not make eye contact with them, keep their fists clenched, or flap their hands. What may seem like a simple interaction with police could become a very traumatic situation for a person with disabilities, and it could confuse officers.
How It Works
When someone enrolls in the program, officers obtain their basic information, a current digital photograph, family emergency contact information, and other information that might help officers when encountering the individual. Once registered, you will be mailed stickers to display in your home and vehicle window to alert officers of a potential person with a disability or difference.
Enrollment is easy. Caregivers can register family members with intellectual/developmental disabilities by completing the online application. This program is currently only available to persons living in Centralia, Washington (98531 ZIP code).