Mental health training for officers is published

APP gives officers the knowledge to resolve situations and keep public safe

Our new mental health training is designed to assist police when supporting vulnerable members of the public.

We published authorised professional practice (APP) earlier this month to give officers the knowledge they need to resolve situations and ensure the public get the most appropriate service.

For the first time, police training and guidance includes information to assist officers when responding to calls relating to suicide and bereavements. It also includes incidents that involve people with mental ill health, mental vulnerabilities and learning disabilities.

Inspector Michael Brown, mental health lead at the College of Policing, said:

"Mental health affects every area of policing and our aim is to ensure vulnerable people are not unnecessarily criminalised and instead get access to the crisis care they need.

"The new guidance and training is designed to assist officers in identifying vulnerable victims and suspects so they can get the right support.

"Police are not mental health professionals and our aim is to deal with any offences committed and protect the public from harm. It will continue to be the responsibility of health and welfare agencies to assist those in mental health crisis."

The APP updates previous national guidance and takes account of legal developments, including lessons learned from the Independent Police Complaints Commission and coroners' inquests.

You can find out more about the new authorised professional practice on our website.

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