Jenks Police Department Unveils Newly Packaged Autism Awareness Cruiser


JENKS, Okla. – April is Autism Awareness Month and the new Jenks Police Department cruiser does just that.

“I am very happy to drive this vehicle and represent the autism community,” says Officer Cody Galloway.

The Jenks Police Department is doing its part by working on autism awareness with a newly painted cruiser and training officers.

For Officer Galloway, this unveiling is close to his heart.

“It’s something deep in my heart because I’m on the spectrum. I was diagnosed in high school. So with my spectrum, I’ve helped other families as well. And that’s something very dear to my heart,” Galloway said.

The cruiser is complete with red, yellow and blue puzzle pieces on the sides, as well as the Jenks Police Department crest – also made of puzzle pieces, and on the front of the cruiser, a shiny ribbon – a sign of hope.

Jenks Police Chief Jason Jackson said the department has had several encounters with Spectrum citizens and he said it’s very important his officers know how to handle these situations.

“Small changes we can make, like turning off our ceiling lights during a traffic check. If you have a child on the spectrum in the car, you know the lower tones. Those kinds of things will make a big difference in the outcome,” says Chef Jackson.

Jackson also says he wants families to know the police are there as a resource.

“We’re not going to come in strong and try to get things under control. We’re coming in with the understanding and the ability to try to communicate with them and recognize what the problem is.”

Jackson says the majority of JPD officers have already undergone training and he expects to add an additional level of training over the next year.


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