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April 08, 2016

Camden County police undergoing autism training

April is Autism Awareness Month

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Officer Virginia Matias

Camden County police officers are undergoing special training to deal effectively and safely with people on the autism spectrum.

The training, which officers began on Thursday, is being offered by Bancroft, a New Jersey nonprofit serving children and adults with autism and other disabilities.

According to a press release from Bancroft, the Camden County Police Department is the first to take part in its program, which will include teaching officers techniques to appropriately de-escalate and handle situations involving people on the spectrum.

Bancroft said it's hoping to expand its training program to police departments throughout the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware region.

Fifteen departments in the three states are already scheduled to take part in the training in the coming year, Bancroft reports.

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