Police Training On The Autism Spectrum Disorder ( Asd )

1845 WordsAug 21, 20168 Pages
Preface Police will likely have to interact with individuals on the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or those with intellectual disabilities (ID) early and often in their careers. These interactions may occur because the individual is the victim of a crime, perpetrated a crime, is reporting a crime, or is in need of assistance. Police officers may also respond to calls from bystanders who have observed erratic behaviors or from family members calling due to a behavioral crisis. Available research on police trainings involving persons with ASD and ID remains insufficient. Many police officers receive little to no training on how to interact with these individuals. The absence of police trainings on special populations creates a lack of…show more content…
This training manual presents police officers with information on how to recognize and identify ASD and ID, significant topics to consider prior to interacting with these individuals, and appropriate ways to interact and respond to them. The goal of this training manual is to increase positive interactions between police officers and the community they serve. Section I: Introduction Statement of the Problem According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2016), over 330 million people currently live in the United States. In 2010, nearly 57 million or 19% identified as having one or more forms of a disability; 1.2 million individuals identified as having ID; and approximately 944 thousand individuals identified as having another developmental disability such as ASD or Cerebral Palsy (Brault, 2012). In terms of the prison population, the PEW Report (2008) stated that between 1987 and 2007, the national prison population nearly tripled. This population consisted of 1.6 million individuals incarcerated in state and federal prisons, with an additional 724 thousand individuals incarcerated at local levels. At the time, these statistics suggested a disconcerting assumption: approximately one in 100 adults inhabited prisons in the United States (PEW Report, 2008). Furthermore, nearly 300 thousand individuals with disabilities currently reside
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