Deputies receive training on autism awareness

Deputies receive training on autism awareness
Lonoke County deputies received training this week to learn more about autism. (Source: KATV)

(KAIT/KATV) - A group of Central Arkansas sheriff's deputies spent this week learning about autism and how to help deputies to avoid misinterpreting autistic behavior for aggression.

According to a report from Little Rock television station KATV, the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office has been working to learn more about the issue. Captain David Bufford told KATV that many of the department's disturbance calls can deal with children with some of the children diagnosed with autism.

The goal is to make sure children understand that deputies are willing to help them, Bufford said.

"They might see us in uniform and if they get a little bit scared, makes them a little bit nervous that they act different. To us, not being trained, can look like they can be hostile," Bufford told KATV.

Deputies participated in the training this week and can also receive training from the Criminal Justice Institute, Bufford said.

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