Keele postgraduate criminologist contributes to research into autism and policing

Kleio Cossburn, a student on the MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Keele University, has been involved in several publications looking at the ways in which police and other emergency services respond to people with autism.

Prior to joining the MA programme, Kleio was formerly a police officer with Cheshire Constabulary.  She then studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University and was subsequently invited to co-found an autism research team.  She also contributed to the development of the National Autism Society’s report ‘Autism: A Guide for Police Officers and Staff‘ which provides background information about autism to police so that they might meet their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.

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Her latest work draws on her knowledge as a former police officer, as well as her own experience of autism, to investigate the appropriateness of police use of controversial ‘spit hoods’ on autistic suspects.  It appears in volume two of the collection ‘Autism and Intellectual Disability in Adults‘ edited by  Dr Damian Milton and Professor Nicola Martin.

Kleio has also contributed, as a co-author, a chapter on first responders and autism for the latest version of the Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (in press) edited by Professor Fred Volkmar of Yale University.


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