Nottinghamshire Autism Police Partnership

Autism and Policing: A project update

On 17 December 2020, Dr Chloe Holloway organised an online event to provide updates on the autism and policing project led by the University of Nottingham.

The event was hosted online and attended by members of the Nottinghamshire Autism Police Partnership (‘NAPP’) and representatives from police forces across the UK and the National Autistic Society. It was funded by the Economic Social and Research Council as part of an extended postdoctoral fellowship awarded to Dr Chloe Holloway.

The first half of the event outlined recent developments in the project led by the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Police. Dr Chloe Holloway outlined the details of a recent pilot study of the new autism training package developed by the NAPP which took place between Autumn 2019 – Winter 2020 across the East Midlands.

Dr Danielle Ropar (School of Psychology) and Dr Nell Munro (School of Law) in collaboration with Kleio Cossburn discussed the key findings from the pilot study. They focused on the specific impact that the training had on the knowledge of police staff and how this may potentially influence their working practices. Inspector Duncan Collins (Nottinghamshire Police) also spoke about the recent developments in the design and building of a new custody suite in Nottingham. He discussed how he worked with the NAPP to make the custody environment autism friendly and how these plans had been incorporated into the final design.

In the second half of the event, Dr Chloe Holloway led a roundtable discussion on coproduction in the criminal justice system. She led the discussion by outlining the process of working with the NAPP to coproduce a new autism training package and key learning points which were identified by the NAPP which may help others who wish to carry out coproduced work with autistic people in the context of criminal justice. This was followed by an open discussion among attendees about any experiences of coproduced research and issues relating to this in the context of criminal justice.

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If anyone would like to find out more about the event or findings from the pilot study, please contact Dr Chloe Holloway.

Posted on Friday 18th December 2020

Nottinghamshire Autism Police Partnership

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