CT House passes bill to provide autism training for police

April 13, 2017

Police in Connecticut would get training about how to assist autistic children who wander from home under legislation passed this week in the state House of Representatives.

The bill, which will help police assist non-verbal children such as those on the autism spectrum, will go to the governor’s office to be signed into law if it passes the state Senate.

“It’s encouraging to see such positive legislation passed that will really make a difference for people who have developmental disorders and their families,” said state Rep. J.P. Sredzinski, in a prepared statement.” Our police will be better trained and our families will be safer,” added Rep..

Sredzinski, who represents Newtown and Monroe, is the ranking member on the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, which supported the legislation.

“[C]hildren who are non-verbal require a unique set of skills to help them,” Sredzinski said.

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