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Response to HMICFRS Policing and Mental Health report 'Picking up the Pieces'

27 Nov 2018

National Police Chiefs' Council lead for Mental Health and Policing, CC Mark Collins said: 

“We share Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services’ concerns that too many people are being directed to police where they should instead be receiving expert support from healthcare professionals. We are pleased to see recognition of the care and compassion shown by officers across the country for those facing mental ill health.

“The report recognises that police forces have improved their ability to intervene and offer the appropriate support during mental health emergencies.

“There is a well-established dialogue between partners to build lasting support networks and we will work closely with the NHS and others to implement the recommendations in the review, with the aim of helping those facing mental health emergencies getting the assistance they need in line with their care needs.

“It is right that the police are there to protect those in immediate danger, but they shouldn’t become the first point of call for those who need longer term mental health support and access to prevention measures.”