Charity calls for better training of police in handling mentally ill people

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 02 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1531
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    Police officers need more and better training in how to handle people with mental illness, says a briefing paper from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. And healthcare and social services could do more to help with this process, it says.

    The police, the centre’s report says, are often the first people to deal with a person who is experiencing a mental health crisis. They have powers under the Mental Health Act 1983 to remove a person to a place of safety and to gain enforced entry, with a warrant, to a …

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