Police Autism Alert Card scheme

An alert card and passport scheme aimed at improving how police interact with autistic people has been introduced across London.

It was developed following extensive consultations with autistic individuals and their parents, the National Autistic Society, Autism Partnership Boards and other partner agencies.

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Advice to police officers included on the Alert Card


The cards will alert officers to the fact that the individual may have difficulty with communication and may exhibit unusual or unpredictable behaviour. In turn, officers will be able to adjust their communication style to interact with the individual appropriately. The card also details how autism can present, and provides practical advice for the officer involved.
The alert cards, and larger ‘passports’ carrying the same information, will be distributed and made available through autistic partnership boards and local police across the capital.
For more information about the scheme and how to obtain a card, email autism@met.police.uk

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