27 November 2018

Response to HMICFRS Policing and Mental Health report 'Picking up the Pieces'

Chief Inspector Michael Brown from the College of Policing, the professional body for police, said:

“Police will always have a role in responding to mental health incidents where the public requires assistance.

“Today’s report reflects the reality of the demand forces now face, and the work officers now take on outside of a policing responsibility.

“Any review into the delivery of mental health services should take account of what police are here to do and their specific role in protecting the public.

“Officers have guidance and training from the College of Policing for responding to incidents involving mental health, but this should not be seen as the specialist care that some people require.

“All too often members of the public suffering mental ill-health need a response from relevant health professionals not the police.”

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