Welcome to the website of the National Police Autism Association
We are an independent group supporting – and run by – UK police officers, staff and volunteers who are affected by autism (including Asperger syndrome) and other neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and depression. We welcome all police personnel with a personal, family or professional interest in these conditions.
The NPAA offers free membership to 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.
We assist police forces in supporting employees affected by autism and related conditions. The NPAA advocates 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 spectrum condition and other forms of ‘hidden difference’.
The NPAA also promotes and shares best practices for working with the autistic community. We work alongside the Disabled Police Association, which represents disability in policing at national level, and we support the DPA’s goal of ending all forms of discrimination and ill-treatment of people with disabilities.
Read more about about our vision and values on our aims page.
The NPAA is proud to be supported by our host Force British Transport 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.