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Week 453
August 31, 2009

Editor's Note:

According to recent estimates, the prevalence of autism-related disorders has now dramatically increased to one in 150 children. Because of this, the odds that police officers will encounter an individual with some level of autism have also skyrocketed.

There are crucial things you need to know about the nuances of this disorder in order for you to avert tragedy and legal trouble alike. The report summarized below is one we strongly encourage you to read.

— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor

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A police officer's introduction to autism
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As a police officer, you’ve been trained to use a certain police presence and dialog as intervention options. As trained, your body posture, tone of voice, eye contact, and interrogative language serves you well on most contacts. All of these are a form of nonverbal communication. It’s what you rely on initially to get your message across and control a contact. When dealing with subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorders, traditional officer presence may not work — it may even backfire ... Full column
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UC Berkeley police efforts led to kidnap arrest

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Lisa Campbell, manager of the University of California Police Department Special Events, left, and UC Berkeley police officer Ally Jacobs. (AP Photo)

BERKELEY, Calif. — Two quick-thinking police employees at the University of California, Berkeley described how they set in motion Jaycee Lee Dugard's release after nearly two decades of captivity when they encountered her alleged captor on campus.

Phillip Garrido, who was distributing bizarre religious material with two girls in tow, seemed incoherent and mentally unstable, Lisa Campbell said ... Full article
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Dennis Hanwell: The man behind the badge
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After 26 years of service, Medina’s Police Chief Dennis Hanwell announced his plan to resign on June 2, 2009 and plans to campaign for the position of mayor. For the past 11 years, the chief hosted a cable television show each month called Behind the Badge, highlighting various aspects of law enforcement that interest the community. As Chief Dennis Hanwell makes the transition from police to politics, people want to know the man behind the badge. ... Full column
P1 Tactical Training Tip
Test the subject's eagerness to lie

Tactical Tip In today's tip, Assistant Chief Dale Ferranto (Ret.) says that someone who is predisposed to lying will lie about an inconsequential relationship, and when they do, you can seize the initiative ... Full tip

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