Our Aims

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 ASC and other hidden conditions.

Click on the Membership and Coordinator tabs for details on how to join us and access our forum, and for a list of Forces participating in our coordinator scheme.

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.

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 ASC awareness training for frontline officers and sharing of good practices already adopted by police forces, to ensure that people with ASC 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 ASC 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 ASC and related conditions from a personal perspective, and there is much unsung good work done for members of public affected by ASC.

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.