Reforming the Narrative @MentalHealthCop [reblog]

Mental Health Cop

Yesterday, the Reform think tank published a (very modestly titled)report on policing”How To Run A Country: Crime and Policing”. It is one of various briefings they will be publishing ahead of the comprehensive spending review in autumn 2015 relating to various areas of public service.

This blog relates to just one brief section of the document on policing and mental health. To save you opening the file and finding the particular paragraphs, I have copied and pasted them here, from pages 9 and 10 —


“4.2.2 – Particular attention needs to be given to addressing the current inadequacies in dealing with people with mental health issues. As discussed above, the police service is increasingly responding to mental health related incidents as the service of last resort. This is placing unacceptable strain on police resources, but more importantly is damaging for those individuals suffering…

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