Policing and mental health: Picking up the pieces

Published on: 27 November 2018


In 2017, we inspected all 43 police forces in England and Wales and the British Transport Police on their effectiveness, as part of our PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) inspection programme.

One of the main areas we inspect in effectiveness is how well the police protect those who are vulnerable, and support victims. For the first time within this area, we inspected how effectively police respond to and support people with mental health problems. This report sets out our findings.

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Please note: wording in penultimate paragraph on p.36 updated on 30 November 2018.

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Police cannot fix a broken mental health system