On Tuesday, July 28, LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Julia (King of Glory - Elgin, Illinois) participated in the DuPage Sheriff's “Interactions With Police: A Guide to a Positive Encounter” course.
The highly detailed course sets expectations for young drivers with Autism regarding any driving encounters they may have with police. After a brief introduction by Sheriff James Mendrick and Cpl. Terri Albright the teen drivers headed outside to the parking deck and participated in mock traffic stops.
The simulated stops included lights, sirens, varying reasons for the stop and any other scenarios the drivers could expect. In addition to the deputies making the simulated stops, the young drivers were coached by a deputy positioned in the rear of vehicle being “stopped.”
During the event Julia Comfort Dog was present to provide support, compassion and love to the participants.