To support members of the UK police and criminal justice community with an interest in autism and related conditions
We provide direct confidential support via our web forum. In addition, we maintain a network of NPAA Coordinators – champions in each police force who can provide confidential support and signposting. We are here for all police and criminal justice staff with a personal, family or professional interest in autism and other hidden conditions.
To encourage a culture of neurodiversity in the UK police service
More than ever, the UK police service needs staff who can ‘think differently’, to fully represent the communities it serves and to help meet the challenges of policing in the 21st century. We believe that police forces should identify individual strengths, guiding officers and staff into roles and career paths in which they can excel and achieve their full potential.
Furthermore, we believe that our approach to diversity will enable the police service to achieve its goals of BAME recruitment and retention, as an organisation that truly values and embraces difference in all its forms will naturally attract and retain people from all sections of the community.
To promote and share best practices around autism awareness and service delivery
We want to to ensure that all members of public are treated with sensitivity, understanding and respect when coming into contact with the police, whether as a victim of crime, witness or suspect. We promote autism awareness training for frontline officers and sharing of good practices already adopted by police forces, to ensure that people with autism spectrum conditions receive the same high standard of service regardless of which Force area they live in.
An example of best practice we promote is the use of pictogram sheets to help people with ASCs and learning disabilities in police custody.
To inform the public about autism and related conditions within the UK police service, and to champion good work by police forces around autism and disability hate crime
Our message is simple and powerful: there are many police officers who understand autism and related conditions from a personal perspective, and there is much unsung good work done for members of public affected by these conditions.
We are committed to improving the reporting, recording and investigation of disability-related hate crime (which people with ASCs are particularly vulnerable to), and we champion and publicise police action against this type of crime.