My letter to The Guardian was published this week following the report by Dame Elis Angiolini on deaths in Police custody.
Last year, Dr Rick Muir of the Police Foundation said that “PCCs have unlocked innovation in policing policy”, with our roles having “led to new ways of doing things”. I wrote two weeks ago about how we are influencing mental health policy – we are doing the same with technology too.
Just over a year ago, I wrote for this site about the substantial challenges that police forces were facing with cases involving mental health.
A policy paper first written for the Parliament Street Joseph Chamberlain Policy Centre on the need to prevent mental health demand, not just manage it. Continue reading “Preventing demand, not just managing it”
Today, the Police and Crime Act received Royal Assent and therefore becomes law, bringing with it new powers and responsibilities for Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables.
Responding to mental health incidents is a substantial issue and there will always be times where it is appropriate that a police response is dispatched.