Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells
Since the introduction of a mental health programme the number of people placed in police cells as a ‘place of safety’ has dropped by over half.
Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.
Figures have revealed that the number of mental health patients detained in Staffordshire Police cells has reduced by 59% since 2012.
Staffordshire Police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis said he was happy to see progress being made.
He said: “Police custody is fundamentally the wrong place for an individual who is in mental health crisis to be kept if they haven’t committed a crime. We need to stop criminalising people who are simply ill and ensure officers are not tied up with issues they are unqualified to deal with. It shows that there is clear joined-up ambition to do better andworktowards common goals and that, by doing so, we can make real progress.”
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