Responding to Autism: A Law Enforcement Approach
Sergeant Stefan Bjes
Sergeant/CEO and Founder
Addison Police Department/ Blue Line Spectrum Safety LLC
This course has been designed to provide students with basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders and strategies for interactions with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over the years the number of individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has risen drastically, resulting in increased contacts with law enforcement. This training will show students how inappropriate responses by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, such as lack of communication skills, aggressive behavior, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors can be reconciled. This can be done by identifying procedures that a law enforcement officer should/may employ when interacting with an individual with a disability and identify the procedures a law enforcement officer should follow to ensure the safety and cooperation of a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).