Police: A&E ‘better’ than cells for mentally unwell – BBC News

Posted September 9th, 2013 in detention, hospitals, mental health, news, police, statistics by tracey

“The Association of Chief Police Officers says dealing with mentally ill people takes up a fifth of police time. Police can detain people where no crime has been committed but they suspect the person is mentally unwell. The temporary police power is called a section 136.”

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BBC News, 9th September 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk