Capito talks to cadets at WV State Police Academy in Charleston
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) today visited the West Virginia State Police Academy in Charleston and spoke with a cadet class, with a focus on the importance of the training they receive in de-escalation situations involving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Senator Capito’s visit highlighted the training cadets receive from Steve Slack, an ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society who volunteers his time to train police departments on best practices in situations involving people. with disabilities. People with disabilities are 43% more likely to be arrested before the age of 28 and a third of all civilians killed in encounters with police have a disability.
“Police officers are often the ones who have to deal with difficult situations and resolve disputes while trying to maintain order and ensure everyone’s safety. ” said Senator Capito. Fortunately, West Virginia State Police have taken a proactive stance when it comes to eliminating stereotypes and myths about people with disabilities, which promotes public safety and actually helps the forces. ‘order to do their job. I will always stand firmly with the men and women in uniform and have enjoyed speaking today with the cadets who will help keep our communities safe for years to come.
Photos from today’s visit:
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) speaks to cadets at West Virginia Police Academy in Charleston, W.Va., Saturday, June 5, 2021.
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) stands with cadets at the West Virginia Police Academy in Charleston, W.Va. on Saturday June 5, 2021.
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) chats with cadets from West Virginia Police Academy in Charleston, W.Va., Saturday, June 5, 2021.
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