Helping Enhance Autism Response Training


NCDPS is hosting a FREE instructional session for leaders in law enforcement and first responder agencies to learn best practices on interacting with the growing number of North Carolinians on the autism spectrum (e.g. 1 among 58 children in the state has autism). The training is offered to ALE, Community Corrections, EMS, fire chiefs, fire fighters, fire marshals, Highway Patrol, Juvenile Justice, police officers, SBI and sheriffs.

The goal of Helping Enhance Autism Response Training (HEART) is to further safe contacts among law enforcement, first responders and individuals with autism.


"This training is important because an increasing number of individuals are diagnosed with autism, and the unique issues associated with the disability may present challenges during an emergency or other stressful situation."                       Secretary Erik A. Hooks

Comprehensive Training Postponed!

One-hour online briefing by the instructor was held on Apr. 2 


In accordance with guidance from health care officials concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Public Safety is postponing the comprehensive day-long Autism Awareness and Response Training for Public Safety Leaders.

Participants learned about autism spectrum disorder and best practices for responding to wandering-related emergencies in the one-hour briefing from national expert and author Dennis Debbaudt.


About the Trainer

National expert and author Dennis Debbaudt will deliver an innovative four-hour training that will leave attendees better prepared to interact with individuals on the autism spectrum.

He brings 25 years of experience conducting training for law enforcement. Debbaudt has presented to the Department of Homeland Security, NYPD, Illinois Attorney General, Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies’ Association and many more. Following the event, you will receive a certificate and copy of the training materials. 

Learn more about Dennis Debbaudt