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Mental Health Cop

This debate about police legal duties in mental health wards continues: I’m on a train to London as I type for further meetings to discuss the legal advice the College of Policing have received from a QC on this topic. We fed in a range of questions and concerns about the legal duties of police forces in a variety of contexts where incidents on wards may involve disorder or disruption. Some of these hypothetical questions involved weapons and crimes, others did not. We asked about the relevance of NHS intentions: are they ringing the police to report a crime, ask for assistance in restoring safety when control is lost; or both. It’s proving to be extremely interesting stuff, from my point of view.

In case of any doubt, legal duties means those things the police are obliged to undertake and where there could be criminal, civil or disciplinary liabilities for…

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