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Officers and staff who work in cybercrime have been given neurodiversity training to help them understand how best to work with suspects, witnesses and victims who are neurodivergent.


Date - 26th May 2021
By - Chloe Livadeas

The training, which was delivered by Creased Puddle Ltd, was funded by the Home Office through the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) Cybercrime Programme.

Creased Puddle Ltd gives help and advice to employers on how to support neurodiverse individuals in the workplace. 

More than 100 specialist cybercrime police officers and staff attended ‘Neuro-Vision 2021’. The original 5-day residential course became a mix of online training and face to face due to the pandemic.

The two-day face to face element of the training involved the officers and staff working alongside a team of neurodivergent associates who have ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, OCD, Dyspraxia, Depression, Eating Disorders, Anxiety and Tourette’s Syndrome to “really understand how each step the criminal justice process can impact them”.

The training involves role playing and interactive experiences and is designed to "put people outside their comfort zones in order to challenge and educate", the National Cyber Crime Programme said.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Gould, National Cybercrime Programme Lead said: “We have genuinely been staggered by the level of positive feedback we have received from those who attended the neurodiversity training. I don’t recall ever having seen feedback like it from a police training course.

“Safeguarding sits at the heart of the criminal justice process but we need to do much more to understand the impact it has on people who are neurodivergent.

"By having a much better understanding of how that process can cause significant harm and distress to those going through it we can make adjustments which not only ensure their safeguarding but also ensure we get the best evidence we can from neurodivergent witnesses, victims and suspects.”

Caroline Turner, CEO at Creased Puddle Ltd said “Going through the police system in any capacity can be daunting, but for someone who is neurodivergent it can be truly terrifying, confusing and ultimately debilitating.

"By helping police officers and staff to see and experience the custody environment and interview process through the eyes of someone who is neurodivergent, they can start to understand why someone may react in certain ways and how they can make changes to safeguard the individual and conduct a more effective investigation.”

She added that most of her team are neurodivergent and said initially it can be “quite be quite a shock for people in authority to be confronted with individuals and responses which make them feel uncomfortable”.

100 per cent of attendees said they would recommend the course to others.

One cyber protect officer said: “Excellent course. I would even go as far as saying this course should be mandated for every police officer not just those within the Cybercrime portfolio.”

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