Experiences of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Policing in England and Wales: Surveying Police and the Autism Community

Laura Crane, Katie Maras, Tamsyn Hawken Hawken, Susan Mulcahy, Amina Memon

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An online survey gathered the experiences and views of 394 police officers (from England and Wales) regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Just 42% of officers were satisfied with how they had worked with individuals with ASD and reasons for this varied. Although officers acknowledged the need for adjustments, organisational/time constraints were cited as barriers. Whilst 37% of officers had received training on ASD, a need for training tailored to policing roles (e.g., response officers, detectives) was identified. Police responses are discussed with respect to the experiences of the ASD community (31 adults with ASD, 49 parents), who were largely dissatisfied with their experience of the police and echoed the need for police training on ASD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2028-2041
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number6
Early online date9 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

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