Dorset PCC Martyn Underhill In Mental Health Plea
8:31am 22nd November 2014
People suffering from mental health issues "need to be looked after by a health care professional, not by a police officer and not in a police cell" according to Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill.
He's joining forces with PCCs across the county to make sure vulnerable people are dealt with by professionals with the right skills to handle their condition.
Commissioner Underhill said: "The police have a critical role in helping those in mental health crisis but they should not be relied upon.
"Their role should be to identify the vulnerable and flag up issues to agencies but this only works if health services are available 24 hours a day."
The plans are trying to develop closer relationships with health agencies so those in need get the most appropriate care.
It's part of The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat is a national agreement between services and agencies involved in the care and support of people in crisis.
It sets out how organisations will work together better to make sure that people in crisis receive urgent mental health care.
Some areas have already seen significant reduction in use of S136 following introduction of local plans.
More than half the forces across England and Wales now operate some form of street triage, delivering significantly improved responses to those with mental health needs who come into contact with the criminal justice system.