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Gilbert, CA: Police complete autism training

April 14th, 2022, Gilbert, CA PR Underground: Gilbert Police Department Completes Autism Training and Certification https://www.prunderground.com/gilbert-police-department-completes-autism-training-and-certification/00262516/

The Gilbert Police Department has achieved the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, a certification awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to organizations that have trained 80% or more of public-facing team members in how to communicate with and respond to autistic community members. “The Gilbert Police Department is pleased to become autism certified through IBCCES,” said Gilbert Police Chief Michael Soelberg. … With autism diagnosis rates increasing (currently 1 in 44 children are diagnosed with autism according to the CDC), and the prevalence of sensory needs as well as adults being diagnosed later in life, the need has never been greater to ensure law enforcement and first responders have a better understanding of how to approach and assist autistic individuals…. Following Mesa’s designation as an Autism Certified City (ACC) in 2019, other departments and communities in the East Valley have also pursued additional training and certification to meet the needs of their communities and share in this effort…. “IBCCES is excited to provide this program to the Gilbert Police Department – they’re passionate about serving their community in the best way possible and we’re glad we can help in this way,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman. “It’s great to see so many committed professionals in Gilbert, as well as Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, and others coming together to truly make a difference and continue the community initiative that was started back in 2019.”