This week Hertfordshire Constabulary launched Neurodiversity Champions to help provide support to those with neurodiverse conditions working within the force.
Almost 30 volunteers have been briefed for the role provided by the constabulary’s neurodiversity team.
While these champions cannot diagnose conditions, they can provide a listening ear and signpost to resources and further support. Many of them have lived experience and are available to speak to anyone who needs advice or support about neurodiversity.
Strategic lead for disability, Detective Chief Inspector Craig Flint said: “There has been a lot of work taking place to get to this point and I would like to thank those who have been busy behind the scenes to bring this to fruition.
“I would also like to thank those from across the organisation who have volunteered for the role of Neurodiversity Champion, which is a responsibility on top of their day jobs in policing.
“This is a big step forward in our work to support those with neurodiverse conditions within our workforce and also those with neurodivergent family members.
“The work of champions may include helping a supervisor to support a team member with a neurodiverse condition, talking a colleague through the process of obtaining a dyslexia assessment and/or workplace adjustments as well as giving guidance to those who may have family members with neurodiverse conditions.”
Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary are proud to be Disability Confident Leaders, the highest level of accreditation that can be achieved.
Did you know?
The constabulary recently launched the Pegasus scheme, which allows those with communication difficulties to sign up to a database so that the emergency services can quickly identify that they are an individual who may need additional support. To find out more about signing up visit our Pegasus page (opens in a new window).