June 17, 2014
Pasquale Signorino

'Law Enforcement: The Challenges and Liability of Autism'

The Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness will host a workshop for the St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois campus police community titled "Law Enforcement: The Challenges and Liability of Autism." The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Il Monastero. Continental breakfast and lunch is included.

The Centers for Disease Control says that 1 in 50 individuals are now being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum disorder that pervasively impairs communication and social interaction. Significant numbers of high functioning persons with autism are enrolling at higher learning institutions across the country; making it imperative for campus police, educators and staff to learn the facts about autism. Workbooks for the workshop will be provided.

Objectives for the course include:

  • Define the terms of autism and autism spectrum disorders
  • Discuss and analyze relevant case law focusing on liability issues
  • Identify potential law enforcement encounters and recommended responses to the situation
  • Discuss autism and the family environment
  • Identify and analyze statements and false confessions taken from individuals on the autism spectrum
  • Identify and discuss autism and use of force issues

The course will employ lecture, video, class discussion and legal and practical analysis illustrating the training objectives and other points made in class.

Participants must register for the class by sending an email to Saint Louis University Sergeant Pat Signorino signorpp@slu.edu

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