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Face cards used by police help autistic pupils in Frome
Frome PCSO Gary Maule with Face Cards
PCSO Gary Maule wanted to build stronger relations with autistic pupils

Cards which illustrate different human emotions are being used by the police in Frome to help victims of crime who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder.

It is hoped the 'face cards' will help sufferers describe their feelings more clearly and improve communication.

Twenty sets of cards have been bought with council funding and will be used by local sergeants and PCSOs.

PSCO Gary Maule, came up with the idea, as three schools in Frome specialise in teaching pupils with autism.

"We wanted to be familiar with local autistic students so that they feel more comfortable talking to us and better able to report crime," said Gary.

"I have been working closely with local schools to build up these relationships and improve communication."

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