Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy Hosts Seminar to Give Law Enforcement Advice for Interacting with Autistic Citizens

Published on: 8/23/2018

Some SCCPSS Campus Police Officers joined members of the Chatham County Police Department at the Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  They were there to receive an education about the different ways in which an autistic citizen may behave and advice about the best ways to interact with them.

The visit gave officers the opportunity to learn about and, in a tour following the information session, to see a variety of behaviors that they may encounter when dealing with a citizen who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Autistic citizens are sometimes non-verbal, may not respond to verbal commands, or may even carry devices to communicate that could be mistaken for a threat.  The event also gave students at the center the opportunity to build a rapport with officers in a setting that is familiar and non-threatening to them.

The seminar was a first for the Coastal Georgia Comprehensive Academy, but they hope to host more law enforcement in the future to help further understanding of what could be encountered in an interaction with an autistic citizen and learn how best to handle those situations.

To see more photos from the event, see our SmugMug gallery here​.

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