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Disability Law Enforcement Training Update

The partners have trained 196 law enforcement officers since the beginning of March. Pictured here from left to right are Drew Myers, Danielle Dickson, Ken Capone, Macena Mason, Shelly Allred, and Justin Valenti.

The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD)—together with partners People On the Go of Maryland (POG), Pathfinders for Autism and The Arc Maryland—has trained 196 law enforcement officers since the beginning of March as part of the Saylor Alliance. Fifteen individuals with disabilities were recruited from around the state to serve as law enforcement trainers. More than 50 candidates applied for trainer positions. Satisfaction among law enforcement officers is currently 98 percent. The Saylor Alliance partners created evaluation tools to measure knowledge and confidence among trainers in delivering training materials. Evaluations will continue through the end of June to understand self-advocates’ perceptions of their role in the trainings.

As announced previously, MCDD was awarded a contract by the Maryland Department of Disabilities to educate law enforcement personnel on ways to safely interact with citizens who may have disabilities.

MCDD Newsletter 2017: Issue Two