Section 136 Data

Mental Health Cop

Anyone fancy doing a PhD?! – we’re badly in need of some proper research to be done on section 136 data so we stand a chance of knowing what on earth is going on! Friday saw publication by the National Police Chiefs Council of the latest data on the use of this power and we can see various ways of looking at this stuff if we wanted to provide a tabloid-style headline. So depending on whether your glass is half full or half empty –

“Use of police cells as a Place of Safety reduces by over 50%!”

“Police use the Mental Health Act more than ever before!”

In then bears much further scrutiny and begs many more questions –

  1. Why are some police forces of similar size using s136 very differently?
  2. Why are some forces using this power to a very similar extent when they are so obviously different from…

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