SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The San Marcos Police Department introduced it has a new room targeted at producing empathy, security as well as convenience.
“Survivors of crime, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and children in traumatic situations will be able to use a ‘soft interview room’ to get the appropriate help they need,” the City of San Marcos’ press release claimed.
According to the launch, the room includes the following:
- Soft illumination
- White sound
- Soft fabrics like sofas as well as coverings
- Bean bag chair
“Children will be able to play with toys, grab a bean chair and watch a movie, or find a fun book to read,” the launch claimed.
This room is implied to produce a comfy atmosphere where survivors will certainly consult with a selection of individuals like the SMPD Mental Health Unit, Child Protective Services as well as others.
The motivation behind it
According to the city, the concept followed a patrol sergeant had 3 kids oversleeping his workplace on a resting bag.
They were waiting on CPS as well as household to get here.
“It was that night that the sergeant remembered his own experience with another agency’s soft interview room while dealing with a similar, traumatic situation,” the launch claimed.
The city claimed the room was implemented many thanks to a contribution from Kissing Tree Backs Our Blue.
An expanding fad
According to the launch, soft interview spaces are coming to be much more typical at both police as well as college schools throughout the nation.
In 2019, the Austin Police Department introduced 6 renovated interview spaces.
They’re implied to be much more calming to survivors of sexual offense as well as residential physical violence.
The Kyle Police Department verified with KXAN that it has a soft interview room in its new center too.