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FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins says his deputies are receiving training regarding people with intellectual disabilities.

Tuesday’s announcement comes one year after three deputies, moonlighting as mall security officers, were implicated in the death of Robert Saylor, 26, a man with Down syndrome.

Jenkins says the training program is offered by Mount St. Mary’s University. He says it could become a model for every law enforcement agency in Maryland.

Meanwhile, a state commission created in response to Robert Ethan Saylor’s death was holding the second of four public meetings Tuesday in Catonsville. The commission also aims to improve first-responder handling of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

READ: Md. Deputies On Leave Following Disabled Man’s Asphyxiation

Saylor died of asphyxia while struggling with the deputies. His death was ruled a homicide, but a grand jury refused to indict the officers.

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