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Research: Opportunity to participate in an online survey about experiences of autistic individuals in police custody

As part of her PhD thesis, which explores the experiences of autistic individuals in police custody, Chloe Hocking is conducting two online surveys. It is hoped that findings from this research will improve the understanding and awareness of the difficulties autistic individuals may encounter in police custody and the ways they can be supported.

Both surveys closed on Thursday 31 August 2017.

Survey One: The experiences of autistic individuals in police custody

This survey asks a number of questions about the experiences of autistic individuals in police custody and the difficulties that autistic individuals may have experienced during the custody process. The survey is open to autistic individuals who:

  1. have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition/Asperger’s Syndrome
  2. are over the age of 18
  3. have been arrested and detained in police custody as a suspect
  4. are not currently awaiting trial or are on trial for a criminal offence

Survey Two: Supporting autistic individuals in police custody

This survey asks a number of questions about the safeguards in police custody and the support autistic individuals may have received in police custody. It also invites participants to share their thoughts on any changes that could be made in police custody to improve the experiences of police custody and the ways that autistic individuals should be supported.

The survey is open to anyone who has a professional and/or personal interest in the experiences of autistic individuals detained in police custody. Autistic individuals who have been detained in police custody as suspects are also invited to take part.


If you have any questions about the surveys or would like more information, please contact Chloe Hocking.

Autism and Policing

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