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Posted on: July 2, 2019

Cocoa PD Partners with Puzzle Box Academy for Autism Awareness

Collage of photos of black Cocoa Police vehicle with Puzzle Box Academy wrap, with brightly colored Cocoa Police Department partnered with Puzzle Box Academy, a school located in Palm Bay serving children impacted by Autism and other developmental delays, to bring awareness to the amazing job law enforcement provides to our special needs community.

In March, Puzzle Box Academy put out a challenge to Law Enforcement requesting a wrap design for their patrol vehicle. Puzzle Box Academy

used a local business, Florida Vehicle Wrap, to print the wraps and covered the cost for the wrap. So the Cocoa Police Department accepted the challenge.

Cocoa PD collaborated and came up with a design for School Resource Officer James Salley’s vehicle. Office Salley requested that the initials of his daughter, who has autism, be placed on the vehicle (pictured to the right “For: DBS”). There were four different local law enforcement agencies that participated in this campaign including Cocoa, Palm Bay, Indian Harbour Beach and West Melbourne.

Once the vehicles were complete, a Facebook poll was created where members of the community were able to vote for their favorite wrapped

vehicle. The winners of the online poll were announced at Puzzle Box Academy’s Family Fun Day Event on June 1st in Melbourne with over 7,500 votes cast in the online poll.

This campaign was a great success and a great way for the Cocoa Police Department to help spread the word about Autism Awareness. The Cocoa Police Department spends many hours each year training officers how to recognize autism and other special needs and respond appropriately.

Officer Salley is able to take this vehicle throughout the Cocoa community and help spread the word on Autism Awareness. This was a great

community partnership.

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