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High Risk Missing Persons: Investigating Persons With Special Needs

This is a FREE training event. 

Date: July 6, 2023 

Time: 9 AM - 4 PM (PT)

Location: Rocklin, CA

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Course Overview: 

Participants will leave with an overview of developmental disabilities and the challenges that families face when their family member is missing. Participants will utilize the instructors experience as both a police officer and the father of a child with autism to provide insight into the world of families with special needs children. Participants will learn key terminology, public safety risks, how to communicate with a person with autism, de-escalation techniques and other valuable applicable information.  

This training will be facilitated by: 

Jeffrey R. Cugno:
Special Agent & Primary BAU Coordinator
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Special Agent (SA) Cugno entered on duty with the FBI on May 7, 2000. He was assigned to the FBI Los Angeles Field Office’s (FBILA) Cyber Crime Squad. SA Cugno was also a Team Leader for the FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT). As an ERT Team Leader, SA Cugno led crime scene investigators during the collection of evidence in a variety of investigations, including but not limited to, bank robberies, kidnappings, homicides, Agent-involved shootings, and airplane disasters. 

Since 2006, SA Cugno has maintained the position of the FBILA’s Primary Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) Coordinator. In this role, SA Cugno assists with the investigation of repetitive and violent crimes, counterterrorism, and threatening communications.  In addition to his primary role as the BAU Coordinator, SA Cugno also provides leadership and consultation in the following six specialized areas concurrently: Threat Management Coordinator, Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team – West Coast Team Leader, Threat Assessment ReGional Evaluation Team (TARGET) - Director, Campus Liaison Agent, Adjunct Faculty Instructor, and Crisis Negotiator.
In 2022, SA Cugno was selected to be a member of the California Child Abduction Task Force and the Los Angeles County’s Veteran Suicide Review Team (VSRT).
SA Cugno holds a Master of Science Degree in Justice, Law and Society.

Brian Herritt:
Since 2009, Brian Herritt has been a trainer of special needs related educational areas that draw from his experience as a father of two children with Autism, and his strong background in Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Security Services. Brian is also the co-author of "A First Responder's Guide to Providing Services to Special Needs Citizens”, a publication explaining the most common disabilities encountered by law enforcement and public safety professionals, and ways to best serve this population’s needs. Brian’s programs, offered under his Autism Cop company, offer strategies that foster sensitivity, awareness, and common-sense suggestions to assist agencies who work with the disability community. The examples he presents are drawn from real-life situations that, when used, improve communication outcomes

Produced by the Child Abduction Training Project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) in partnership with the California Child Abduction Task Force with funding awarded by the Children’s Justice Act (Grant Subaward number AC22 15 8567) through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).