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Autism & Law Enforcement / First Responders

Updated: Jul 9




Autism Safety ~ Bridging the gap between law enforcement and individuals with disabilities, one step at a time. https://youtu.be/GWxlFrvo0wQ

We have had several people respond to our request for information concerning law enforcement/first responder training in Utah.


The following list is what we know about and how to make contact for more information. In addition, we are currently working with the Attorney General’s office on their autism committee presenting the VirTra virtual training. We currently have curriculum that we are teaching to the trainers at POST to take throughout Utah.


Please let us know if you have other resources that we should know about.


Law Enforcement Now Requires Autism Awareness Training


Utah lawmakers approved HB334 during this past legislative session, which deals with special needs training for law enforcers. "This bill requires peace officer training to include training on autism spectrum disorder and other mental illnesses," according to the bill. The law went into effect on May 5, 2021. In preparation for the bill's signing, at the quarterly Peace Officer Standards and Training Council meeting in March, it approved a motion that requires all new police cadets to receive three hours of autism education during their basic training, in addition to other mental health training that is already required. "This was a really good bill," council director Major Scott Stephenson said of HB334, while adding that the training is needed because officers are "dealing with individuals we just don't understand."


https://www.ksl.com/article/50166554/law-now-requires-autism-awareness-training-heres-what-utah-police-will-learn?fbclid=IwAR20AvXLbbrh2oDWmO34Zc6jaiSTfeh8IzK0YRBeAn1ZVrtqbry7LLOzxP4

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism, at Utah Valley University,

is pleased to announce FREE Autism and Policing Trainings are now available through an online webinar format.

Click here to register for any of the available dates:

https://www.uvu.edu/autism/first-responder/

The trainings are in a live webinar format with a trained police officer through the

ALEC (Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition).

Learn more about ALEC here: https://lifeworksarc.org/service/alec-first-responder-training/ .


To date, they have trained over 40,000 first responders across the country, with great success. We assert that the strength in this model comes from the dual understanding the trainers have in both policing as their own profession and their personal connection to autism.

A Utah Parent Center workshop regarding different subjects related to Law Enforcement:  


Episode 1: Don't Tell Me To Calm Down

https://youtu.be/E6YVYD8aiy0


Episode 2: What to Expect when the Police are Called

https://youtu.be/sIXD_qoMQ-0

Episode 3: Floreo VR: Police Interaction & Safety

https://youtu.be/eFVottnTn-w


Columbus Center ~ Training Video ~ Invisible Disabilities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VPXUov2YvA

Training for law enforcement encountering individuals with autism ~

KSL Investigates:

Crisis Intervention Team Training Upon Police ~ https://ksltv.com/445806/ksl-investigates-crisis-intervention-team-training-among-police/


What is the Autism Safety Roster? The roster is a project in partnership with the community and the Unified Police Department (UPD). The online roster promotes communication and gives police quick access to important information about a person with Autism such as their name, birthday, physical description, emergency contact information, known triggers and behaviors etc. This roster provides information that is critical for law enforcement prior to an officer's arrival at a scene and/or prior to contacting an individual with Autism or other mental illnesses.


Goal of the Program To help insure the safety of an individual with Autism in a crisis situation.

What happens once the person is registered? Once the person is registered, they will be placed into a database in the UPD's Record Management System (RMS). If you do not reside within the Unified Police Department jurisdiction, contact your local police department to inquire if they participate in a similar program. Once the submitted information is verified, it will be placed into the dispatch system. This is where the rostered information will be given to the officers responding on calls or interacting with an individual who has Autism. When possible, an officer trained in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) will be sent to the scene.


Register Annually The information must be updated and submitted every year to ensure the information is accurate. If the information is not updated, the file will be marked as "inactive" until current information is submitted.


How to Register To register, an adult family member or guardian of an individual with Autism ~ https://updsl.org/page_services_autismRoster.php


Utah’s Yellow Dot Program

Citizens and First Responders Working Together to Save Lives 

Have you thought about what the immediate aftermath of a serious crash might be? Would you be conscious? Able to speak? Able to tell first responders what medications you’re taking, any special medical considerations and who to contact?

These considerations and the importance of administering the most effective care as quickly as possible to crash victims led to the creation of the Yellow Dot Program.

It is designed to communicate critical information to first responders when crash victims might not be able to speak for themselves.

Utah started its Yellow Dot Program in January 2012.

Yellow Dot can be used in conjunction with the Vial of Life program.


How to participate in Yellow Dot

There are four simple steps to making the Yellow Dot program work for you.

You’ll need three items:

Complete one form per person for each person who regularly rides in each vehicle you own.

Yellow Dot Information Form

Locations to Pick Up Yellow Dot Packets

The stations below have everything you need to get started. Pick up your Yellow Dot stickers, photos, and packets at any of the following locations:

To Request Materials or A Free Class Contact

Jamie Troyer, RN at 801-585-2991 jamie.troyer@hsc.utah.edu


Additional Contacts

For more information about Yellow Dot, please contact any of the following people:



Project Safeguard is a project in partnership with the community and Salt Lake Valley Law Enforcement.


This online program promotes communication and gives police quick access to important information about a person who displays a tendency to wander; such as Autism, Dementia or other disability with similar tendencies.


This program provides information that is critical for law enforcement prior to an officer's arrival at a scene and/or prior to contacting an individual with disabilities.


Rapid access to information such as their name, birthday, physical description, emergency contact information, known triggers and behaviors etc. will help Officers during their initial response.


You will receive a notification at the end of each year to refresh your information.

Project Safeguard Program

How to Register To register, an adult family member or guardian of an individual with Autism ~ https://updsl.org/page_services_autismRoster.php

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