Final Report on new Law Enforcement Training: Use of Force & & De-escalation for Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
As the prevalence of Autism and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) continues to rise in the community, knowledge, experience, and best practices have continued to evolve. It is imperative our law enforcement officers have the most accurate and up-todate knowledge to allow them to make informed decisions in the field. This project allowed us to develop new training to build a higher level of knowledge and skills in law enforcement in the Inland Empire about the Intellectual/Developmental Disability (I/DD) community to increase successful communication and de-escalation techniques to reduce instances of lethal force such as officer-involved shootings (OIS). The Autism Society Inland Empire worked with consultants and adults with developmental disabilities to develop a 4-hour POST certified curriculum. The report details the efficacy of the training.