Autism Police Force Schemes

Non-urgent advice: Avon and Somerset Police

Avon & Somerset does not have an autism alert card scheme. Instead they use the ‘Safe Places’ scheme which encompasses all communication difficulties and vulnerabilities.

The application for Safe Places can be found here. This link also contains detail on guidance and what the Safe Places card looks like. 

There are currently 686 people registered on the Safe Places Scheme. Please see below the total people who have registered per year since 2017. This number has reduced by five due to people removing themselves from the scheme. 

Non-urgent advice: Dyfed-Powys Police

Dyfed-Powys Police have a Pegasus scheme which enables anyone who experiences communication difficultis to register and provide them with information in order that when they need to contact them, whether in person or by telephone, they have information on how best to communicate with that individual readily available.

Full details, including a leaflet and application form can be found on the force website here.

Non-urgent advice: Greater Manchester Police

GMP use the E-Card which can be requested by members of the public by emailing [email protected], they are asked to supply a postal address and the cards are posted out to that address. The force also get requests from support groups who can request for several to be sent to give out to their service users. The E-Card is an emergency card that is used for different reasons, not just Autism. The person can then add the relevent information to the card along with a photograph.

Non-urgent advice: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police does not have a scheme direct. However, applications can be made to a charity called CHAPS (Cheshire Autism Practical Support) for those who have Autism for a card from there scheme. The idea behind the scheme is that shoudl someone with Autism require assistance they can present this card to Police, Emergency Services or other members of the public to make them aware of their condition and get support.

Once a person has been issued with a card by CHAPS, the applicant has the option of having their details forwarded on to the police – this is voluntary and there is no requirement to do so to be a part of the scheme. At the time of writing Merseyside Police had 211 members recorded as on the scheme.

Non-urgent advice: Metropolitan Police Service

The Metropolitan Police Service have an Autism passport and card. This is a tri force passport/card for use in London and was developed by the MPS, City of London and BTP.

Any person who requires a passport/card can email [email protected] to request a copy which is posted out to the applicant. The scheme involves a small credit sized card which the person has to hand and can be immediately retrieved. This alerts officers that the person may have communication issues. The person carries the small A5 sized passport in a bag/rucksack which goes into more detail about how the officer needs to communicate with the person, including how to help the person and any relevant information.

The scheme has been running since July 2019 and the force have sent out over 10,300 cards.

Read the response to our request for information from Metropolitan Police Service in full here.

Non-urgent advice: Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary do not have any schemes to assist those within their communities who may have a diagnosis of Autism.

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