Promoting neurodiversity through 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 investigate whether the police use neurotypical procedures and to explore how these practices affect neurodivergent citizens.

  • To examine the influence and relationship between the police and public and third sector organisations that support neurodivergent 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 neurodivergent people (November 2017-Feburary 2019).

  • Interviews with a variety of police practitioners from two case study police force areas about their interactions with neurodivergent citizens (July 2017-January 2019).

  • Interviews conducted with staff and practitioners from organisations that support neurodivergent people about their partnership working with the police (February - May 2019)

Interim reports and publications

‚ÄčNot available

Date due for completion

January 2022
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