The Coral Springs Police is taking a proactive approach to better serve our special needs population. The department has developed a Special Needs Database to better identify children teens and young adults with cognitive delays.

The creation of the database was conceptualized by Officer Hannah Rincon, a School Resource Officer who serves at Coral Park and Park Springs Elementary Schools. Working directly with children who have Autism and other educational needs, Officer Rincon quickly realized that providing information to officers and first-responders about their condition would allow for better interaction and provide easily accessible information should they go missing or wander. “It is so important for parents and caregivers of children with special needs to know our concern goes beyond search and rescue. Our goal is to better understand their loved ones fears and sensitivities,” says Officer Rincon.

With nearly 400 children and young adults already registered for the database, parents and caregivers of children and young adults who reside in the City of Coral Springs or attend school in the city, are encouraged to register by calling the Community Involvement Unit at (954) 346-1311. Information collected includes: informational statistics, water safety concerns, caregiver information, sensitivities, communication ability and a photo. Enrollment is optional.