Deputies to Receive Training on People with Disabilities


FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Sheriff's Office will give training to every deputy on how to work with people who have intellectual disabilities.

This comes about one year after Ethan Saylor, a man with down syndrome, died while in the custody of off-duty sheriff's deputies.

"Currently, up until this time, there has been no established training on this topic. The governor has put together this commission to look into it. Four months later, they don't have anything," Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins (R) said.

Two Mount Saint Mary's University professors, who have children with disabilities, are offering the training.

"That's the unique piece of this because of of these professors who have offered to come here and work with us, they give us a unique insight because they have family members with disabilities, so it offers us that perspective from a family on what do they expect from law enforcement, and what do they expect from their own children with these disabilities," Jenkins said.

The first part teaches deputies on how to identify the difference between someone with a mental illness or an intellectual disability. The second part will show them how to deescalate different situations.

"Actually, I've already sat in for the first session. I was very impressed with it," Jenkins said. "Every deputy in the agency will have this training. I probably will stop in from time to time."

The deputies will have their second class on February 11, 2014. 

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