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CA Lieutenant With Autistic Son Leads Awareness Efforts; He and Wife Design Special Patch

Lt. Brian Corletto, of the Whittier (CA) Police Department, is leading his department’s efforts to educate the community about individuals on the autism spectrum as Autism Acceptance Month is observed across the nation during April. The veteran officer of 16 years understands the need to create understanding and acceptance not just as a first responder but also as a parent.

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Autism Awareness Month: Training Police for Contact with ASD Subjects

Police contact with a person on the Autism spectrum can stem from a missing persons report, a medical emergency, a criminal complaint, or just about anything else. Training and education can help keep officers and individuals with an autism spectrum disorder safe.

Michigan Troopers Rescue Autistic Man from Frozen Pond

After two hours, troopers received a call about a person who had fallen through the ice on a pond about 4.5 miles from the group home. Troopers could hear someone in the water calling for help.

Using a Mobile Database to Better Serve People with Special Needs

The Addison (IL) Police Department is now using smart phones to give officers information on subjects on the autistic spectrum, subjects with dementia, and others who have special needs.

Tactics for Dealing with Subjects on the Autism Spectrum

People with ASD might show no outward signs of their condition so their actions and responses might be misunderstood. Here are some tips for encounters with autistic subjects.

Virginia Department Launches Program to Raise Awareness of Autism

The Newport News (VA) Police Department has launched a new program aimed at increasing officers' awareness of individuals in the community with autism spectrum disorder and providing those officers with information to help keep people with autism safe.

Florida Deputies, K-9 Help Locate Autistic Boy Lost in Woods

Deputies with the Santa Rosa County (FL) Sheriff's Office employed the assistance of the agency's bloodhound K-9s to locate a 3-year-old autistic boy who had wandered into thick woods in the Florida Panhandle on Monday.

New Jersey Officers Give Autistic Boy a New Service Dog

Police officers with the Newark Police Department have donated a new service dog to a 10-year-old boy with autism after learning that his previous dog had died when it was struck by a car.

Mom Grateful for Officer Who Calmed Her Young Autistic Son

A woman posted a lengthy thank you note on Facebook, expressing her gratitude for the actions of a DC Metro police officer who helped calm her young autistic son who was having an episode on a commuter train.

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Florida Officer Who Shot Caregiver of Autistic Man Found Guilty of Negligence

An officer with the North Miami Police Department was acquitted of two counts of attempted manslaughter but found guilty of culpable negligence in a 2016 incident involving an Autistic subject and his caregiver.

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