A new program is set to launch in the San Diego area, which aims to assist individuals with autism, anxiety, dementia, and other conditions to communicate effectively with law enforcement personnel during stressful situations, such as emergencies and traffic stops.
The program is designed to promote inclusivity and serve as an enhanced communication awareness tool.
Officials announced that starting from October 16th, participants in the Blue Envelope Program will be able to present written materials with a logo identifying them as citizens with special needs that should be taken into account during any law enforcement contacts.
The namesake-colored envelopes may contain medical information, communication preferences, identification, contact information, and proof of insurance and registration for the vehicle.
The materials serve as a means of preventing confusion or misunderstandings during police contact by alerting law enforcement to any conditions or disabilities requiring special assistance or accommodations.
The program is entirely voluntary and can be self-implemented without any registration required from the users. It is a joint effort of several community organizations along with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff’s Department, and Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Associations.
The following are Blue Envelope outreach materials:
- Blue Envelope
- Wallet Information Card
- Seat Belt Covers
- Button Pin
- Key Chains
According to county officials, area law enforcement personnel will receive information and instruction on the program as part of their ongoing training to ensure familiarization and successful implementation.
To pick up any free material, you can visit the Chula Vista Police Department.