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HUNTINGTON — A statewide program designed to teach law enforcement officers how to have safe interactions with those who have an autism spectrum disorder will launch later this month.

The Safe Interactions for Law Enforcement and Persons with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities training will be offered in Berkeley and Marion counties June 13-16 and June 14-15, respectively, through a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Resources, West Virginia University and the West Virginia State Police.

Courtney Hessler is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch, primarily covering Marshall University. Follow her on Facebook.com/CHesslerHD and via Twitter @HesslerHD.

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