Oneida Co. Sheriff's Dept. Receives Grant for Autism Training

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department hopes to be better equipped to handle people with autism while on the job, thanks to a grant.

The department was recently awarded $1,400 for training.

Lt. Lloyd Gauthier says a conversation with parents of a child with autism sparked the department to dig deeper into its own practices.

"Our normal tactics that we use day to day won't be effective on some people that have different spectrums so we were able to write a grant through the Wisconsin Training and Standards Department of Justice and we received some funding," he said.

Lt. Gauthier says people with autism are more likely to have contact with law enforcement than those who don't, making it even more important to have the knowledge to deal with them so that everyone is safe.

The department will hold four training sessions in February and is inviting officers from throughout the state. More than 70 officers have already signed up.

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