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Law enforcement officers learn how to interact with people with autism

Source: Brandon Shackelford/WAFB Source: Brandon Shackelford/WAFB

Law enforcement agencies around Baton Rouge received specialized training Friday in how to interact with autistic individuals. 

Officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department and deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office heard from experts about the care officers need to take when they come across people with autism spectrum disorders.  

Dennis Debbaudt is a former detective and father of a child with autism. He said the care police take could be the difference between life and death.  

"They can learn from each other about what to do when they have contact that is high risk," Debbaudt explained. "That would be the program that should continue. The contact, partnership and when all of that takes place, the risk goes down and the safety goes up."

The public will have the chance Saturday to learn about autism safety and how it relates to emergency services. The free event will take place at EMS headquarters on Harding Boulevard from 9 a.m. until noon.  

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