Avon police starting de-escalation, mental health awareness program

Photo of AWARE. (Provided Photo/APD)

AVON, Ind. (WISH) – The Avon Police Department (APD) is launching a new de-escalation and mental health awareness program.

The department says the new program will be called AWARE.

In addition to the Avon Police Department, all law enforcement agencies in Hendricks County are joining the effort.

According to the APD, the goal of the department is to help law enforcement and first responders identify situations where they may be engaging with an individual with a disability.

The department is asking anyone with cognitive disabilities and their caretakers to go online and download a medical referral form.

Once the medical form is completed and signed, you can take it to any law enforcement office in Hendricks County.

Then the department will give you a special decal to place on your registered vehicle and home.

For more information on the program, click here.