Policing: New training program deserves praise | News, Sports, Jobs – Parkersburg News

Policing: New training program deserves praise | News, Sports, Jobs – Parkersburg News

Members of law enforcement encounter the full range of human experience in their daily work. That means they have to be prepared to navigate interactions with anyone, including those who might fall on the autism spectrum or have another developmental disability.

Beginning June 13, Safe Interactions for Law Enforcement and Persons with Intellectual or Development Disabilities training will begin statewide, as officers take the initiative to arm themselves with better training for interactions that are becoming more common.

“The need for law enforcement officer training on autism spectrum disorder is critical for 21st Century policing,” First Sgt. K.G. Murray of the West Virginia State Police said. “As parents of a young adult and teen with ASD, it is the hope of my wife and me that ASD awareness training is a highly effective educational tool for all law enforcement in West Virginia, where most of our encounters with those with ASD are positive. Through this training, West Virginia can be the light for the rest of the nation to follow when it comes to ASD training and education for law enforcement and all first responders.”

West Virginia University, the state Department of Health and Human Resources and the state police are working together to develop and offer this training, another important step for our law enforcement officers to take as they work to avoid adverse outcomes in ALL their interactions.

Murray is right to hope West Virginia can be a leader on this front. Those who saw the need and got to work are to be commended for giving law enforcement more tools for safely doing their job, and serving the rest of us.

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