Autism addressed in the courts

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    By AMY GAREIS     News-Herald Staff Writer

    CADIZ – The astounding rate of autism cases has created the need to recognize the condition, especially in the courts.

    Sgt. Eric Wilson of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office led a presentation on Oct. 12 in the Harrison County Common Pleas Court for court officials, staff and members of the prosecutor’s office. Sgt. Wilson explained low- and high-functioning forms of autism and how law enforcement and judicial leaders should handle those who are possible violators and victims.

    Sgt. Wilson said he planned to lead further sessions with law enforcement, fire and safety personnel around November.

    “[This program] was a combination of seeing the media reporting negative encounters between law enforcement officers and people with autism and the fact that [Deputy Bobby Brooks] and I work in schools and see it with the kids. You want to do the best job you can with them. I teach this at the police academy but am expanding it. I want to make sure our personnel are aware of [what to do].”

    Details of the presentation are featured in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

     

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