Membership of the NPAA is free and open to all serving UK police officers and police staff (including special constables, PCSOs and volunteers). We welcome officers and staff from all UK and Crown dependency police forces including the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, Ministry of Defence Police, the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man Constabulary, States of Jersey Police and Guernsey Police.
We’re not just for autism – or for police!
The NPAA hosts the Police Neurodiversity Forum, moderated by our team of coordinators. Members can discuss workplace, personal, family and public service delivery issues, share experiences and offer mutual support, in a supportive and confidential environment. We welcome discussions and questions around neurodiverse conditions (autism, dyslexia, dyspaxia etc.) and anything else! The forum is searchable and also serves as a knowledge base, with information on the conditions we support and links to external resources.
Associate (non-police) membership and access to our forum is also available to personnel from public sector agencies and support-related groups, including the following (subject to approval by the forum administrator):
- UK law enforcement agencies and Government departments (e.g. CPS, College of Policing, UKVI, HM Prison Service, NCA)
- Police Crime Commissioner offices
- Police advisory groups – IAGs, Safer Neighbourhood Panels, ICVA etc.
- The National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO)
- The Police Federation
- Unison and other trade unions representing police staff
- Universities, colleges and schools
- Support/research groups, consultants and volunteers working with autism and related conditions
- Other UK emergency services and NHS trusts
- Non-UK police forces
The forum is not open to members of public.
How do I become a member and access the forum?
If you are new to us, register by filling in the form at the bottom of the page. (Note that the Register button on the forum login screen is disabled.)
What about privacy and confidentiality?
If you are a UK police or law enforcement agency employee/volunteer, or a member of NARPO, you have the option to register on the forum using an alias username and personal email address to keep your identity private (e.g. if you wish to discuss sensitive work or personal issues). Alternatively, if you are joining the forum in a professional capacity to represent your role at work (e.g. HR assistant, diversity coordinator) you may prefer to register using your real name and display your role title. You can choose your registration preference on the form at the bottom of the page.
Staff from the other organisations listed above are required to display their name and role title on the forum.
Your registration details are held in strict confidence. The NPAA is independent of any UK police force.
To request membership and access to our forum:
UK police and law enforcement agency personnel: please provide your work email address and role title. If you would like access to the web forum, select whether you would prefer to use it in a professional capacity (displaying your name and role) or personal capacity (using an alias).
NARPO members: please click here
Staff from other organisations listed above: please provide your work email address (if available) and role title.
You will be emailed a registration link once your details have been confirmed.