Brian Herritt is a retired police officer and the proud father of a young man with severe autism. Early in Officer Herritt’s law enforcement career, he realized that a genuine lack of relevant training existed for public safety professionals dealing with persons with autism and special needs. In 2008, Officer Herritt was contacted by California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) to serve as a subject matter expert for creating a statewide training curriculum for police officers. His current training curriculum has been certified as POST and STC certified. In 2009, Officer Herritt approached the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and expressed his vision for a county-wide special needs database. That vision has now become the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Take Me Home program. One of the most expansive and detailed special needs databases in the nation. Officer Herritt continued to work on bridging the gap between law enforcement and the autism community. Officer Herritt has since taught police officers, probation officers, parole officers, corrections officers, social services, theme parks, schools, parents and caregivers, and other groups.
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