Westland police offer tour for those with special needs

Event aimed at those sensitive to sensory stimulation

Westland police offer tour. (WDIV)
Westland police offer tour. (WDIV)

WESTLAND, Mich. – No lights, no sirens, no problem.

It was a very quiet, crisp and cool morning at the Westland Police Department and that's exactly how a team of officers wanted it while they hosted some very special visitors for the first time.

Two "A Day for You" event includes a tour that was held Saturday morning for children and young adults with special needs.

The first tour of the morning was geared toward those more sensitive to sensory stimulation. It was held from 10 a.m. until noon and was by appointment only.

It was a big hit as the kids got to see the SWAT equipment room, the gun range and all the vehicles the department uses.

Susan Ehlke enjoyed the event with her grandson. Her grandson, who is sensitive to sensory stimulation enjoyed the hands-on experience the department provided.

Ehlke's son, Michael Krol, was one of the Dallas officers gunned down in an attack on police in 2016. He was from Redford, Michigan.

She's grateful to the Westland Police Department for their support during a very difficult time.

The department is also providing forms for parents to fill out that will inform police of the needs of their children if an emergency were to happen.

Police said having that critical information on hand if a child with special needs were to go missing is crucial for them when the respond to assist.

The second tour is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. but the lights and sirens will be active. You are not required to RSVP to attend this tour.

This event is located at the Westland Police Department located at 36701 Ford Road, Westland, MI 48185.

**As a reminder, this event is tomorrow! Please share with anyone who may be interested in attending! Also, though it is past the deadline for the morning session RSVP, please send us an email if you are still interested and we will do out best to accommodate you. We hope to see you here! ***** Westland MI – (August 24, 2018) Westland Police Department announces “A Day for You” event, aimed at children and young adults with special needs. The Westland Police are excited to announce a special event for children and young adults with special needs. This event will consist of many different activities including interacting with police vehicles, canine demonstrations, tactical officers and equipment, and a tour of the police department. The event will take place on Saturday September 22nd, 2018 and the tours will be split into two different times. The first tour will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon and is by appointment only. This tour is geared towards individuals who are sensitive to sensory stimulation, (no lights or sirens will be activated, and tour group sizes will be limited to a maximum of 20 at a time). If you are interested in attending this session please contact us to find out what times are available in order to reserve your spot. You can inquire about what times are available at WestlandPDtour@wlpd.net. The second tour will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will be open to all children and young adults with special needs, but no sensory issues, (lights and sirens may be used). If you are planning on attending this second session there is no need to RSVP! This event will be held at the Westland Police Department located at 36701 Ford Rd, Westland, MI 48185. Remember, to attend the first session you must RSVP! Hope to see you here!

Posted by Westland Police Community Partnership on Friday, September 21, 2018

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