Within the next two months, aspects of the Police and Crime Act 2017 relating to the Mental Health Act will come into force.
These will affect where a police officer can invoke Section 136 (which will increase the places in which it can be used) and it will stipulate that a police officer must, where practicable, consult with a mental health professional before using Section 136.
Both of these amendments are likely to lead to foreseeable issues. It is almost certain that the use of Section 136 will rise given the fact it will be possible to use it in private places other than dwellings. (The removal of the word “finds” is also likely to legalise the “would you mind stepping outside” tactic which has been previously unlawful. I’m not sure this was the Government’s intention but it’s obvious this will happen.)
In order to mitigate against this possible rise comes the stipulation regarding speaking to a mental health professional before using the power. Except there are some problems here as well. Read More…
“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.
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…
Once again policing and mental health is in the news for all the wrong reasons. Once again it’s as a result of police being called to someone behaving erratically in public – mental health issues suspected – police detain – restrain and …. stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
This time it’s Bedfordshire. Two years ago it was Avon and Somerset. Prior to that it was the Met, the West Midlands back in time force by force, incident by incident. Read More…
Ahead of the forthcoming #MHPolChat (8:30pm on Monday 14th October 2014) I wanted to re-consider the topic of “Crisis Management” and open up some lines of possible discussion for the chat itself.
One dictionary definition of the term “crisis” is as follows
1. A time of intense difficulty, trouble or danger
2. A time when a difficult or important decision must be made Read More…