Virtual Panel Promotes Positive Police Interaction with Autism Community

In conjunction with Pathfinders for Autism, the Montgomery County Police Autism/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Unit (MCPD Autism/IDD Unit) is hosting a virtual panel to discuss ways to promote positive law enforcement interaction within the autism community.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. and will include six speakers:

  • Officer Laurie Reyes, Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s/Dementia Outreach Unit
  • Officer Alex Barbour, Baltimore County Police School Resource Officer
  • Private First Class Herman Hodges, Montgomery County Park Police, Autism Advocate
  • Deputy First Class Janelle Myers, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Autism Mom
  • Tom Whalen, Self-Advocate, Member of Pathfinders for Autism Self-Advocates Advisory Committee
  • Rob Long, Pathfinders for Autism Board member (Moderator)

The MCPD Autism/IDD Unit says they have been “providing a layered approach to general safety and awareness through education, outreach, empowerment, and response.” The unit was established in 2005.

The panel is free to attend, but MCPD asks that you pre-register at this link in order to receive the Zoom link.

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Reid Flumbaum

About Reid Flumbaum

Reid Flumbaum is a senior at the University of Maryland, majoring in Broadcast Journalism. He loves technology, automotive journalism, and 80s music. He can be reached at rflumbaum@mymcmedia.org.

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