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Policing and People with Developmental Disabilities: Emerging Issues in the Field

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In recent years, there has been greater awareness that developmental disabilities often go undetected in individuals who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

As first responders, law enforcement officers may encounter people with developmental disabilities or co-occurring conditions (mental health conditions and developmental disabilities) more often than they realize. Understanding how to interact with people with developmental disabilities—including identification, communication, and de-escalation—can enhance the safety and effectiveness of these encounters.

Presented by the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Academic Training to Inform Police Responses Initiative, this webinar will provide an overview of this topic from the perspectives of law enforcement and a person with a developmental disability, including emerging issues and practical tips officers can use to respond effectively to this population.

Date Created: March 28, 2022