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Mental Health Cop by Mentalhealthcop - 3h ago

When I started proper work on the subject of policing and mental health, I had not the first clue where to start – there was no course you could ask to go on.  I came to this agenda originally precisely because of my professional ignorance, but also my uncertainty and my fear – there was […]
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Earlier this month, Royal Assent was given to the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019. This is a very short piece of legislation and it is, as the name suggests, merely amending legislation for the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This post is a taster of what it means for police officers and paramedics in particular, especially […]
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Mental Health Cop by Mentalhealthcop - 1w ago

You may remember from late last year, I’ve made a large noise about the inquest in to the death of David Stacey in Leicester. David died in late 2017 and the inquest just before Christmas last year, concluded that his accidental death in road collision had been contributed to by the neglect of NHS services.  […]
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“Is this a house, a flat or a room where this person or another person lives?” … THAT’s what you have to ask yourself when trying to determine whether section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983 can be used in a particular location. As this 2017 amendments to the Act were being drafted, along […]
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Mental Health Cop by Mentalhealthcop - 3w ago

It’s been a feature of the national conversation about policing and mental health for a while: we learn of partner organisations struggling to secure police involvement in mental health incidents which they believe require it or where the law demands. I’m not getting involved in this post with the debate about whether all of those […]
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I made passing comment in the last post I wrote about crime recording rules and I’m assuming you’ve nothing better to do on a Sunday than read about statistical counting procedures put together for the purposes of not-really-understanding-crime at all because a lot of it is not reported to the police? This issue arose recently […]
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Mental Health Cop by Mentalhealthcop - 1M ago

It’s been a very complex and sensitive subject to discuss for many, many years: when, if ever, is it “right” to prosecute someone who is encountered by the police and emergency services on the adverse side of a motorway bridge barrier, if the situation appears to relate to their mental health? There are only three […]
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Mental Health Cop by Mentalhealthcop - 1M ago

Those following on Twitter will know I’ve spent a working week over the last fortnight requalifying at public order order training – and it’s not quite over yet.  I have to go back a week on Monday for my two-day assessment and do the bleep test this Tuesday so I’ll be up the lane later, […]
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Mental Health Cop by Mentalhealthcop - 1M ago

I am nothing short of absolutely gutted and profoundly upset to learn an hour ago, that Liv Pontin died earlier today. @Liv1204, as she was known on Twitter, was a kind and gentle young woman of considerable insight and passion, who had recently started working for Northamptonshire Police in a roll that allowed her to […]
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Mental Health Cop by Mentalhealthcop - 2M ago

I suspect, in just some ways, that section 13 of the Mental Health Act 1983 is the section that they really, Really don’t want you to know about, esp if you’re a police officer or paramedic who finds yourself dealing with mental health emergencies that may require consideration of using legal powers the police don’t […]
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