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31 March 2017 - World Autism Awareness DayWarning - this news article expired on 2017-04-30. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

World Autism Awareness Day – 02 April 2017

The Belleville Police Service recently updated our public website and as World Autism Awareness Day approaches we would like to remind the community of our Voluntary Autism Registry that has been in place since May 2013. 

See our link below for information about what it is and how to register.

http://www.police.belleville.on.ca/voluntary-autism-registry-c695.php

The Belleville Police Service was grateful to have had assistance in May 2013 with setting up our Voluntary Autism Registry from Dennis Debbaudt, a leading global voice on Autism and Police issues. Mr. Debbaudt travelled to Belleville from Florida to provide training to Belleville Police Service Officers and Staff about Autism.   

On the 2nd of March 2017, one of our local Belleville Officers, Sergeant Mike Doucette, was invited to speak as a Subject Matter Resource at a biennial conference in Halifax for Autism Nova Scotia on the topic of Autism Safety in the Community and Interactions with Law Enforcement.

https://twitter.com/AutismNS/status/837327407442968578

Sergeant Mike Doucette is available to speak with individuals on the autism spectrum, family members and professional groups for education or information on autism safety or interactions with law enforcement. He can be reached at mdoucette@police.belleville.on.ca or by calling the Belleville Police Service at 613-966-0882 x4093. 

(Please see the attached report which explains why training/education and Voluntary Autism Registries are important for police and the community – along with bios of Dennis Debbaudt and Mike Doucette)     2017 Autism Report