Short Documentary | Instructional Design

To help cities reduce losses related to police liability, LMCIT has developed PATROL—Peace officer Accredited TRaining OnLine. While PATROL delivers up to 12 new POST-accredited courses per year, subscribers can earn up to 50 POST credits per year when they also take PATROL training on POST mandates for use of force, autism, and crisis intervention and mental illness crisis; conflict management and mediation; and implicit bias, community diversity, and cultural differences; OSHA standards; critical knowledge; and a five-part series on management and leadership. Over 35 courses are also approved for continuing education credits for EMSRB Certification.
Learning Objective:
The PATROL Program leaders and I connected with a number of subject matter experts that specialize with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to develop a new online course for first responders that provides a foundational understanding of autism, to prepare officers for further study of strategies and practices for safe and effective interactions with people on the spectrum.
To create an engaging learning module, we implemented over 30 short documentary videos with a few police officers who also happen to have children with Autism. Each officer opens up about their perspective on the subject and shares their expertise with encounters with individuals in the Autism Spectrum. To boil things down, Officers are going to come across people with disabilities in the course of their work, and they’ll be obliged to accommodate them the best they can. They already know this. The challenge presented by autism is that they may not immediately know that the person they’re encountering has a disability that could account for their behavior.   
For an effective "hook" for the online course, we spent an afternoon with Officer David Gizinkski, his wife Heather, and their son William to produce a highlight segment that shares a deeper, more personal view of the subject. 
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