Law enforcement officers will inevitably come into contact with an ever-growing population of individuals with autism. Therefore, it is vital that officers become skilled in the recognition of behavioral symptoms of these conditions and develop effective communication and response strategies. This course provides fundamental information about what autism is, its associated behavioral characteristics, effective interpretation of behavior, risk management for both the officer and the individual with autism, and communication. It will also address the high victimization rate experienced by people with autism, and provide tips for law enforcement officers charged with preventing and investigating these incidents.
This is a 7 hour class.