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Modesto, CA: First police depart in California to be "Certified Autism Center"

Feb 15, 2024, EIN Newsdesk: Modesto Police Department Becomes California’s First Autism Certified Police Department


The Modesto Police Department is now the first police department in California to be recognized as a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a significant step forward in enhancing interactions with autistic and sensory-sensitive members of the community. The certification encompasses scenario-based training designed to equip officers and staff with the necessary skills for understanding, communicating with, and assisting autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals effectively.

Chief Brandon Gillespie expressed his pride in the department's achievement, stating, "I am incredibly proud of the Modesto Police Department for achieving certification as a Certified Autism Center™. Through diligent efforts to enhance our training, understanding, and compassion, we aim to provide the highest level of care and assistance to those who are autistic. This accomplishment reflects the dedication and hard work of our officers and staff, and I am honored to lead such an exceptional team."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 36 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism and 1 in 6 people have a sensory sensitivity, which highlights the growing need for specialized training and certification. The IBCCES training, guided by evidence-based practices and insights from experts and autistic self-advocates, ensures the department is well-prepared to offer appropriate support and assistance. .


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