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Crime Commissioner Campaigns To Keep Mental Health Patients Out Of Prison

PCC Martyn Underhill

8:50am 14th November 2013
(Updated 9:06am 14th November 2013)

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner has taken his fight to stop people with mental health issues ending up in custody, to the Home Secretary.

Martyn Underhill is in London to talk on the issue to mark a year in the job. He's one of only 4 PCC's invited up to make a speech at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's (APCC) 'One Year On' conference.

He'll deliver a speech on mental health in policing.

Martyn Underhill said: Mentally ill people should not be detained in police cells, unless they have broken the law. Assessment suites should be provided by mental health services in all areas so police stations are no longer used regularly as 'places of safety' for people who are detained under the Mental Health Act."

A street triage scheme will pilot in Dorset in April 2014. It will be jointly funded by the Force and partners and will see mental health nurses accompany officers on call-outs. It aims at improving the way people with mental health problems are treated during emergencies, especially out of hours.

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