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Concordat Colours

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 19th November 2014 at 9:17 - Posted in Police Blogs

The Crisis Care Concordat has it’s National Summit in London next week – a gathering of all the signatory agencies in order to mark progress ahead of the first big deadline.  For those who follow me on Twitter, you’ll notice that I keep uploading a developing map of England, shaded in various colours, like this (as of November 19th 2014) — This is what the colours mean - Red - no progress yet recorded.  Doesn’t mean nothing’s happening or that discussions aren’t occuring.  Just that...
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Pavlov’s Dog

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 15th November 2014 at 22:13 - Posted in Police Blogs

In the last few months, I’ve found myself in various rooms with professionals of all kinds, including police officers, finding myself saying the same thing over and over again that I was saying in 2004 when I first started working on this. Last week, I actually found that I was quite deeply boring myself witless when I realised that my mouth was on ‘transmit’ for some standard argument to reject a common misconception, whilst my brain was not fully engaged. I found cerebal space to remember...
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Learning From History

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 28th October 2014 at 12:00 - Posted in Police Blogs

Here are two ways of saying exactly the same thing — “Most people who are violent need a policeman, not a doctor!” “Some people who are violent need a doctor, not a policeman!” I raise this because the first quote comes from a medical handbook I once picked up in a book shop – probably one of those Oxford University Press handbooks with very thin paper pages that you see junior doctors carrying around the place and stuffed into the lower pockets of white clinical jackets.  It was part...
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Evidence Based Policing

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 21st October 2014 at 19:02 - Posted in Police Blogs

The creation of a professional college for policing – part of the professionalisation agenda – is an opportunity to work towards becoming evidence based. This is something that has been made clear to me over the last two months and something I’ve been arguing for years, incidentally! We can look around and see that the College and individual police forces are trying to engage academics to bring research skills into policing and actively build that evidence base. West Midlands Police and the...
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Ten Minute Rule Motion

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 16th October 2014 at 14:52 - Posted in Police Blogs

A few weeks ago – and all of a sudden – a Member of Parliament laid down a ten minute rule motion in the House of Commons, aiming to amend section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. After accompanying Metropolitan police officers on a patrol one evening, Sir Paul BERESFORD MP witnessed the handling of a mental health crisis in private premises. A young woman was found stood on the window sill of the 14th floor of tower block in Wandsworth and an officer managed to talk her down from it. Whilst...
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Erasing History

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 16th October 2014 at 6:04 - Posted in Police Blogs

Do you know what I mean by a ‘vanilla’ tweet? – the phrase refers to something fairly inoffensive on Twitter, quite bland information that doesn’t tell us a huge amount but whilst purports to inform. Something like, “Great meeting with partners about mental health – loads of work going on to keep you safe” or similar. Well, I’m bumping into a fair few of them on the subject of the Crisis Care Concordat and I have a couple of concerns arising from it - Vanilla tweets – of themselves...
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Something’s Not Quite Right

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 11th October 2014 at 12:01 - Posted in Police Blogs

You may remember that in July the IPCC have launched an inquiry into the death of a man in Sussex following an incident in Hayward’s Heath.  The family of the man who died following restraint have suggested he was tasered and subject to the use of pepper spray as officers appeared to disregard information that he suffered from epilepsy and a seizure was mistaken for violent behaviour.  Initial reports suggest he may also have suffered a heart attack either during restraint or once in the police...
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A Longitudinal View

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 08th October 2014 at 21:28 - Posted in Police Blogs

Contemplate the idea that a vulnerable person with mental health problems is arrested for a not-especially-serious offence.  In custody the Force Medical Examiner suggests they are seriously unwell and may need admission to hospital under the Mental Health Act.  An AMHP and a psychiatrist join the FME in assessing the person formally and it is decided that he or she requires admission to hospital under s2 MHA for assessment of their supposed mental disorder. What now happens to the offence? Well...
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Lies and Damned Lies

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 01st October 2014 at 10:26 - Posted in Police Blogs

Statistics – everyone’s favourite topic! We have quite a problem that has existed for years and whilst I knew things were bad, I hadn’t realised the extent of it until last week.  The problem is – on sections 135 and 136 of the Mental Health Act – that we haven’t got a barking clue what is going on, nationally because there are too many problems with the data. We don’t know how many times these powers are used. We don’t know which buildings people are taken to as a Place of Safety...
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Home Affairs Select Committee

Written by RSS Poster MentalHealthCop on the 21st September 2014 at 1:06 - Posted in Police Blogs

My evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee from 2014, which was commended by the chair of the committee, Rt Hon Keith VAZ MP — Oral evidence - given on 02nd September 2014 Written submission – from June 2014.  ______________________________________________________________________The Mental Health Cop blog – won the international ConnectedCOPS ‘Top Cop’ Award for leveraging social media in policing. – won the Digital Media Award from the UK’s leading mental health charity, Mind...
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