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

Crane, L; Maras, KL; Hawken, T; Mulcahy, S; Memon, A; (2016) Experiences of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Policing in England and Wales: Surveying Police and the Autism Community. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders , 46 (6) pp. 2028-2041. 10.1007/s10803-016-2729-1. Green open access

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Abstract

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., frontline 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.

Type: Article
Title: Experiences of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Policing in England and Wales: Surveying Police and the Autism Community
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2729-1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2729-1
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Psychology, Developmental, Psychology, Autism spectrum disorder, Police, Criminal justice system, Interviewing, Offending, Victimisation, Witness, COGNITIVE INTERVIEW, PROCEDURAL JUSTICE, CRIMINAL-JUSTICE, MENTAL-ILLNESS, PERCEPTIONS, PEOPLE
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1548894
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