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OPD and local group team up to teach each other

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Omaha Police and the Autism Action Partnership got together Sunday evening to educate each other.

It's called the "Making Memories" series.

Sunday attendees toured the Southwest precinct, sat in a patrol car and saw a bomb dog and police horse.

OPD said the point of the series is to expose those with autism to police so they feel more comfortable around them. The department said it also hoped to learn how to better understand those on the autism spectrum.

AAP's mission is to improve the quality of life for people with autism and their families through education, advocacy and support.

The group said providing exposure to police and police equipment makes it more likely that those on the spectrum could remain calm and cooperative during an emergency.

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