Somewhat Exasperating

Mental Health Cop

Head in Hands I sometimes think we’re getting somewhere with this stuff and then quite unexpectedly, I come across apparently minor and incidental things which make me suspect all the progress we think we’re seeing is an illusion – somehow apparent because of cosmetic changes that seem both intuitive and convincing.
  • If we build a load of place of safety services and get 97% of people into them whilst 3% of people go to the cells, surely we can make massive claims of moving forwards?
  • If we get clinical decision-making to the point of detention, surely we can influence not just whether someone is detained, but also the pathway (or route) that they take whether detained or not?
  • If we have mental health provision in police custody and at the Magistrates Court, surely we can prevent unnecessary access to the criminal justice system?

Why wouldn’t we do all of this?! – it makes

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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