Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #7
Order Adopted
Jan 27, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to confer with the Cambridge Police Commissioner and other relevant departments to determine the feasibility of purchasing sensory bags for Police vehicles as a pilot program

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor E. Denise Simmons, Councillor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

14% of students in Cambridge Public Schools who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) are identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is over 200 children in Cambridge; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), especially children, may find it overwhelming to be in stressful situations, such as those that require Police attention; and 

 

 

WHEREAS:

Many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) find sensory items help them remain calm by providing an outlet for energy; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Some municipalities in the United States, such as Clearcreek Township, OH, Brunswick, OH, and Frankenmuth, MI, have equipped First Responders with “sensory bags” filled with items to be used when responding to a scene involving someone who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); and

 

 

WHEREAS:

These sensory bags contain items that can keep an individuals’ hands busy, reduce noise, and help them communicate with First Responders, which can make for a better experience when a person with ASD is faced with a stressful situation; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cambridge Police Officers receive Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) training during a 40 hour Crisis Intervention Training, but could benefit from having additional tools to keep residents who have ASD calm during Police interactions; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to confer with the Cambridge Police Commissioner and other relevant departments to determine the feasibility of purchasing sensory bags for Police vehicles as a pilot program; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager report back to the Council in time for the FY21 budget.

 

Meeting History

Jan 27, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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BY AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF NINE MEMBERS

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED