Officers Reach out to Special Needs Residents

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Updated: 7/12/2013 9:24 am
Many times we look to police officers to protect us and help us during certain situations, and while that continues to hold true, a local police department is reaching out to serve those with special needs.

Hundreds of people joined the Rexburg Police Department for their special needs luncheon.

For many officers of the Rexburg Police Department, this annual special needs luncheon has become their favorite day of the year.

“The first year we did it, the officers were very nervous about it and they came here and they were like what do we do and how do you talk to someone with special needs and it’s gone from that to those barriers being broken, they look forward to it” said Police Chief Shane Turman.

Not only do the officers enjoy it, but the recipients do as well.

“Makes me feel good, it really does” said Mike Woods.

Officers display their equipment and let their guests have a field day with it. Not only is this a fun way to interact, it gives the officers a chance to get to know and make new friends.

“If the time comes that we have to interact with them, whether it be they’re lost or whatever, they’ve had interaction with us and they’re not scared” continued Turman.

This is the third year of the special needs luncheon.

This is also the third year Shane Turman has been police chief for the department and it was his idea to start this picnic.
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