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Autism/Learning Difficulties Training (526A/22)


Please can you provide information to the following questions, with answers from January 2021 to present day:

1a. How many staff (including officers & PCSOs, detectives and civilian staff) have undertaken training in relation to Autism, Autism-Spectrum conditions and learning disabilities/difficulties? (Please breakdown the number by rank.)

1b. Is the training mandatory?

2a. Referring to those mentioned in Q1a, has anyone refused to undertake or not undertaken this training? (Please breakdown the number into the two categories by rank.)

2b. If so, is any disciplinary action taken against staff?

3a. How often is training supposed to be undertaken by staff?

3b. Are these guidelines followed?

4. What does the training entail?


Please find attached (526A_22_attachment.pdf).

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

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