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Posted on: November 10, 2020

White Plains Police Dept. Teams Up with Local Youth to Learn about Tourette Syndrome

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Noah is an extraordinary young man by all accounts, Noah created a training video for the White Plains Police, and working with Chief Joseph Castelli, rolled out the Tourette Syndrome education video as part of the Department's recent two day leadership training. Noah was on hand to answer follow up questions from the officers.  

The training not only talks about what Tourette Syndrome is and how it manifests itself, but provides valuable information on how the police can recognize someone with Tourette as well as how they should approach and interact with that person. For law enforcement this is key, as those with Tourette Syndrome may often present in ways that could be interpreted as erratic, strange, or disrespectful.  Also, tics can make it difficult for a person to respond to or communicate with a police officer. Noah himself very honestly and plainly describes what it feels like to have Tourette Syndrome in a way that resonated with the officers.  

White Plains Police Chief Joseph Castelli said, “Thank you to Noah for creating this training opportunity for our officers. The more we can educate ourselves, the better equipped we are to do our jobs and achieve good results.”

For more information about Tourette Syndrome, visit the Tourette Association of America website at: www.tourette.org or the NY Hudson Valley Chapter of the Tourette Association at: www.taa-nyhv.org 

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