Briefing 36: Police and mental health

2 September 2008

2 September 2008

This briefing gives an overview of the role of the police in relation to mental health and identifies areas for policy development.

It calls on the NHS to manage health care for people in police custody and to take a more active role in diverting people with mental health problems to the services they need. The briefing also argues that all police staff should be offered training to help them to respond better to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Audience: Police forces, criminal justice agencies, mental health services.

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