Neurodiversity in police-community partnerships

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Sheffield

In Collaboration With

N8 Policing Research Partnership

Principal Researcher

Alice Corbally

Level of Research


Project Start Date

August 2016

Research Context


  • To complete an exploratory and collaborative piece of research developed from a scoping study conducted between January 2017-April 2017 based on police practitioners views of policing neurodiversity 
  • To investigate whether the police use neurotypical procedures and to explore how these practices affect neurodiverse citizens 
  • To examine the influence and relationship between the police and public and third sector organisations that support neurodiverse people 
  • To contribute to discussion at the local and national level about how to improve the policing of neurodiversity

Research Methodology


  • Multi-site comparative analysis of incident report data from two case study police force areas, exploring the frequencies of the nature of the contact between the police and neurodiverse people (November 2017-Feburary 2018) 
  • Interviews with a variety of police practitioners from 4 areas within two case study police force areas about their interactions with neurodiverse citizens (January-March 2018)
  • Interviews conducted with staff and practitioners from organisations that support neurodiverse people about their partnership working with the police (March-May 2018)
  • Interviews with parent/carers who attend or are involved with the chosen organisations about their experience with the person they support and the police (May-July 2018)
  • Research interactions with autistic adults about their interactions and experiences with the police, using creative and individualised visual research methods (July-October 2018).

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

April 2020
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