“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have just published their report on “The Welfare of Vulnerable People in Police Custody.” For those who have been championing the apparent recent progress in this area it makes for sober reading. That is not to suggest for a moment that there hasn’t been progress but the report lays bare the scale of the journey still required. It is a long one with many obstacles.
In the last blog I talked generally about risk and how so much of police work is about the management of risk.
I discussed how easy it can be to achieve a target but miss the point – even in cases of high risk. I touched upon how risk has been ignored for too long as focus has been on types of crime rather than a crime’s individual effect on a victim.
On Sunday 21st December I started a series of tweets about risk: the management thereof and how police absorb and inherit it from others. Several hours later, I realised that I should probably have turned them into a blog but once I had started it become a stream of consciousness that was difficult to stop. This blog, therefore, is an attempt to convert those tweets into something a little more structured and coherent.
Policing is all about risk management. At its most fundamental it is about reducing the risk of crime or even reducing the risk of the occurrence of crime. When crimes are committed it is about investigating and finding the offender with a view to reducing the risk of further offending.
It’s been quite a while since I wrote anything blog-wise, let alone anything on the subject of mental health and policing. That is not to say that I haven’t been watching closely what has been developing though I haven’t been as close to it as perhaps I once was.
I have also spent 4 months away from the front line of policing whilst doing some project work for the force I work for. I returned to my usual role as a response team inspector last month. Read More…
For my first foray back into the world of blogs in a few months I would like to return to some themes I originally picked up in an earlier blog.
In Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis I discussed my thoughts on how “crises” should be managed and which agencies should be present to help manage them.
This followed a couple of incidents where, once again, people had died after police intervention in what appeared to be situations involving mental health. Read More…