Welcome to the website of the National Police Autism Association
We are an independent body supporting UK police officers and staff who are affected by autism spectrum condition (ASC), Asperger syndrome, and other neurodiverse 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.
The NPAA offers free membership to all members of the UK policing and criminal justice community. We maintain a 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.
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 and other forms of ‘hidden difference’.
We also promote and share best practices for UK police forces working with members of public affected by ASC.
The NPAA works alongside the Disabled Police Association, which represents the interests of disabled, injured and ill officers and staff at national level. We share the DPA’s goal of ending all forms of discrimination and ill-treatment of people with disabilities.
Read more about our aims here.
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, The National Autistic Society and the College of Policing.