Welcome to the website of the National Police Autism Association (NPAA)
We are an independent body supporting UK police officers and staff who are affected by autism spectrum condition (ASC), Asperger syndrome, and other hidden conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and depression – either personally or as carers for family members. We welcome all officers and staff with a personal or professional interest in these conditions.
We maintain a closed web forum where our members and support professionals can discuss personal, work and service delivery issues in confidence. We also maintain a network of champions to provide local support in each Force. (See the Membership and Coordinators pages for details.)
The NPAA assists police forces in supporting employees affected by ASC and related conditions. We advocate the concept of neurodiversity – valuing people for their strengths and creating a workplace environment and culture in which everyone can fulfil their potential. We aim to end the stigma, prejudice and ignorance surrounding autism, dyslexia and other hidden disabilities.
We also promote best practices for UK police forces working with members of public affected by ASC, either as victims of crime, witnesses or suspects.
The NPAA works alongside the Disabled Police Association, which represents the interests of disabled officers and staff at national level. We share the DPA’s goal of ending all forms of discrimination towards people with disabilities. We are committed to improving the reporting, recording and investigation of disability-related hate crime (which people with ASC are particularly vulnerable to), and we champion and publicise police action against this type of crime.
On our site you will find our blog, information on autism and related conditions, frequently-asked questions, useful links, and contact details for coordinator, membership and other enquiries.
The NPAA is proud to be supported by our host Force Thames Valley Police, with the backing of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Police Federation of England & Wales and The National Autistic Society.