By Baxter Colburn
Mental health awareness in children is a major focus for the Door County Sheriffs Department. A recent incident in Arizona where an officer failed to recognize a child with autism ended with an attempt to arrest the child due to a failure to recognize the child’s disability. Door County officials are providing officers with ample training to avoid such issues locally. Juvenile Investigator Chris Neville says training to recognize the symptoms is not a one-time event.
Neville credits the friendly community of Door County to the great support shown to those with special needs. According to the National Institute of Health, about 1 in 68 children are affected by Autism.