The Mount Partners with Frederick County Sheriff Office for Innovative Program
Frederick, Maryland - Mount St. Mary's University is partnering with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office on People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Criminal Justice System, an innovative training program for law enforcement officers offering best practices on handling incidents involving individuals with intellectual disabilities.
"We have identified a need for this training in law enforcement and public safety, and I am very pleased to be partnering with Mount St. Mary's University to offer this curriculum," said Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins. "This block of training could very well be the model for every agency in the State of Maryland."
Officers will be trained to recognize the differences between individuals with intellectual disabilities vs. mental illness, tips on identifying key characteristics, best ways of communicating, basic verbal de-escalation techniques and community resources available for individuals with disabilities.
"Throughout our country, people with intellectual disabilities, most of whom live in our communities, need understanding and special support," said University President Thomas H. Powell who is co-facilitating the training. "It is wonderful that Frederick County is taking the lead to ensure its law enforcement deputies and other personnel are prepared to address the special needs of people with intellectual disabilities."
Training sessions began in January and are running through June of this year. They are delivered as part of the officer's mandatory yearly in-service training and will take place at the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
Mount St. Mary's University in Frederick offers accelerated graduate, graduate certificates, and adult undergraduate programs during the evenings. Contract training, similar to the collaboration with the Sheriff's Office on Intellectual Disabilities, can be arranged.
For more information on this program contact Gregory Ochoa, Ed.D., academic dean of the Mount's Frederick Campus, at email@example.com, or call 301-682-8315.