Specifically we request that you provide us with the following information; any policy documents or training materials available to police officers relating to the treatment of suspects with, or suspected of having, Aspergers Syndrome or other forms of Autistic Spectrum Condition whilst in police custody following arrest or detention.
I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and we do not have a specific policy or training materials in relation to the treatment of suspects with, or suspected of having, Aspergers Syndrome or other forms of Autistic Spectrum Condition whilst in police custody following arrest or detention.
The custody suite environment are aware of their legal responsibilities and behavioural triggers when in contact with a suspect with a learning disability; this will include those on the Autism Spectrum with that of Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. At the request of the individual or via an accessed autism awareness card, they will contact ‘a responsible adult’ to support them within the custody environment and beyond. Where this is not possible or further information is required to help identify and/or support the individual who may have many or challenging behavioural conditions, the Custody Sergeant will make contact with Autism West Midlands for further support.
Our Training Officers do specifically highlight the conditions, along with other recommendations which Custody Officers need to be aware of when completing risk assessments. This is in relation to any detainee on arrival at the Custody Suite. This is an awareness discussion and no specific policy or training materials are provided.
The Police advice card (attached) is for guidance, for all police officers and not just for those officers who work within the custody suite.