An Act relative to criminal justice training regarding autistic persons


This bill would require the Municipal Police Training Committee to develop and implement a curriculum for training police officers in appropriate interactions with persons on the autism spectrum, and develop guidelines for law enforcement response to such individuals. The course would include proper techniques for interviews, locating persons on the spectrum, identifying abusive situations, de-escalation with autistic individuals, and more. The bill would require the training for new recruits and allow the MPTC to include it periodically for in-service training.