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Dorset's Crime Commissioner Welcomes Mental Health Pact

PCC Martyn Underhill

8:09am 26th February 2014

Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner have welcomed the arrival of the UK's first Mental Health treaty.

It sets out a series of national principals that brings together a multi-agency response to help people in crisis.

PCC Martyn Underhill will be a leading partner in delivering an action plan to achieve the Concordat's goals.

He says more needs to be done to help people with mental disabilities;

"The Concordat has come out telling, locally, mental health practitioners and agencies to get better at what they do, and in particular better at not taking people to Police stations. In Dorset last year we had 157 people who were in mental health crisis taken into Police cells that is totally unacceptable."

"I always use the analogy if you have a broken leg you don't take them to a Police station you take them to a hospital. At the moment if someone has a broken mind some of them are being taken to a Police station and that is disrespectful, unfair and a failure of the system."

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