This is a short and immediate response to the publication of HMIC’s state of policing report.
The top headline is that the police can no longer continue to plug the gaps of other agencies and the primary example of this is around the provision of mental health crisis care.
Sir Tom Winsor identifies that the police have become the first resort of MH crisis management and that this is not right for anyone involved – least of all the person who is unwell. Read More…
Sky News ran with a Story today which said that 20% of police demand involves dealing with people with mental health issues. This strikes me as being a conservative estimate and I have heard figures as high as 40% in some places but, anyway, it just goes to show that even if crime is falling the claim that demand on police is falling too is questionable to say the least.
In these austere times just think what could be done if the police service numbers went back up to pre-2010 numbers or a fifth of capacity was suddenly released for police to spend doing something else.