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Safety Zone: Cops Talk

Safety Zone: Cops Talk is a program that teaches personal safety, crime prevention and police awareness to adults with developmental disabilities through a 26 lesson curriculum. It is designed to be taught by a uniformed law enforcement officer with a civilian co-trainer.

People with developmental disabilities can be vulnerable to crime and exploitation and may become unwitting partners in criminal activity. They may:

  • Trust others too quickly in an effort to make friends.
  • Comply with exploitative requests or demands out of fear, intimidation, habit, or lack of knowledge.
  • Be dependent on others for help with money management or personal care, and fear losing that support if they report any exploitation or abuse.
  • Be isolated in their community and unable to access resources for help.

This comprehensive personal safety and crime prevention curriculum can be combined and sequenced according to students' needs. Included in the curriculum:

  • Guidelines for teaching classes.
  • Discussion questions and points, written in language that participants will understand.
  • Sample scripts for role plays and demonstrations to reinforce class discussions.

For further information please contact the Family Services Division at 503-823-0090