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Law Enforcement

For Police and Security Professionals

This training session takes a hands-on approach to autism, enabling law enforcement personnel to recognize and interact with children and adults on the autism spectrum that they may encounter in a variety of real-life situations.

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of autism and Asperger’s syndrome
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Interaction guidelines (including approach, de-escalation, communication, assessment, and transport strategies)
  • Specific scenarios for police work, including approaches to interviewing, interrogation, and jailing
  • Search and rescue protocol
  • Community partnerships
  • Resources

Learned Objectives:

  • Recognize a person with an autism spectrum disorder
  • Anticipate and be prepared for challenges associated with this population
  • Increase interaction success
  • Understand field-specific scenarios and know how to handle them appropriately
  • Appreciate the need for, and implement, a modified search and rescue protocol for individuals with autism
  • Use increased awareness to develop community partnerships with schools and families

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