Police cells used for mental health emergencies

Police cells used for mental health emergencies

Posted on June 28, 2013 by rdashknowledge

A report published jointly by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons, the Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Inspectorate Wales.  Has found that police custody was still being used as a primary or secondary place of safety and this number varied across the country from 6% to 76% of the total number of people detained under section 136. In many cases, the reason why people custody was used as a place of safety was not documented in police custody records. When it was, the most common reasons were: insufficient staff at the health-based place of safety; the absence of available beds at the health-based place of safety; the person had consumed alcohol; or the person was displaying violent behaviour, or had a history of violence.  The report also has a number of recommendations aimed at reducing the use of police custody in all but the most exceptional circumstances, and in improving the capability of the health service to deal effectively with the increase in overall numbers being taken to hospital-based places of safety.

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