On the evening of Monday, November 30, conference committee filed a compromised police reform legislation. The House and Senate are prepared to vote Tuesday, December 1 on the legislation, which includes The Arc’s priority Bill language relative to Police Training in Autism.
We are grateful to our bill’s sponsors and those who have advocated to their legislators over past sessions. Thanks to Representative Paul Tucker for filing this amendment and for his work to keep it in the broader bill.
Here is a portion of the language of the bill. The bill will require “…the training of law enforcement officers in the commonwealth in appropriate interactions with persons on the autism spectrum and those with other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program shall include training for law enforcement response to individuals on the autism spectrum and those with other intellectual and developmental disabilities who are victims or witnesses to a crime or suspected or convicted of a crime.”
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