There are an estimated 3.3 million wheelchair users in the United States and this figure is projected to increase by 2 million yearly. Law enforcement officers (LEOs), and other first responders, will contact them in a variety of situations, including as crime victims or criminal suspects. Few LEOs have been trained by their employer on how to make legal, safe, and non-discriminatory contact with special populations, specifically wheelchair users.
Physically managing a special needs wheelchair user and force options,
Wheelchair searching methods, and
Contraband collection and management;
Identifying medical issues (visible & invisible), and medical equipment,
Understanding connected medical equipment concerns and issues,
Managing the obese or large stature wheelchair user,
Handcuffing and/or restraining a special needs wheelchair user, and
Minimizing and/or avoiding restraint injuries;
Transferring from wheelchair to ambulance,
Transferring from wheelchair to patrol car,
Transferring from wheelchair to special transport vehicle, and
Strategies when a wheelchair user must remain in the wheelchair;
Creating an evidence-based User-level training program,
Creating learner psychological and behavioral engagement,
Creating competency-based assessment(s), and
Aligning training content with agency policy and procedure;
Guidelines for releasing wheelchair user arrest information and HIPAA; and
Future issues about special needs populations.
TUITION $435 for the first officer (includes 5 User-level mini-books); $395 for each additional officer. Tuition includes: Instruction, program workbook, User-level lesson plan with assessment rubrics, certificate, User-level program slides, and online support and updates.