New training program helps police interact with people with autism
Police interactions are always sticky situations. But for individuals with autism, they can also be intense sensory overloads.
Stephanie Cooper, a former police officer and mom of a child with autism, started a program called Autism Law Enforcement Response Training (ALERT).
The ALERT program helps to:
- train officers on how to recognize autism in people
- get police officers comfortable with certain behaviors
- cover the types of calls police officers might receive
- share tips on how to interact with people on the spectrum