About Brian Herritt
Brian Herritt is a retired police officer and the proud father of a teenage son with severe autism. It was early in Officer Herritt's law enforcement career that he realized that a true lack of relevant training existed for public safety professionals in dealing with persons with autism and special needs.
In 2007, Officer Herritt started his journey by receiving a grant to purchase and develop training for public safety agencies in San Diego County.
In 2008, Officer Herritt was contacted by California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) to serve as a subject matter expert for the creation of a statewide training curriculum for police officers. His current training curriculum has been certified as POST and STC certified.
In 2009, Officer Herritt approached the San Diego Sheriff's Department and expressed his vision for a county wide special needs data base. That vision has now become the San Diego Sheriff's Department Take Me Home program. One of the most expansive and detailed special needs databases in the nation.
Officer Herritt continues to provided autism related training to numerous law enforcement, probation, corrections, schools, theme parks, churches, families, caregivers and other groups. He has created and provided specialized training for dispatchers, school resource officers and hostage negotiators. Officer Herritt is currently on staff as an instructor for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and advises them and numerous other agencies on issues pertaining to the special needs community.