Police use of Tasers in England and Wales has risen by half over the last five years according to Home Office figures released yesterday. In total Tasers were used 10,062 times in 2014, compared to 6,649 times in 2010.
A review of mental health crisis care in England and Wales by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that the police are regularly the first point of contact for those in mental distress.
Nightime is often the peak time for acute mental health episodes, the report found, with many mental health services geared to operate during the day. As a result the police were often left operating as first responders to those in crisis.
Our director, Richard Garside, was on The One Show on BBC One yesterday talking about the challenges faced by cuts in police budgets.
'There is no more deterrent from the police just being around,' Richard said, 'than if you have more nurses and people will be deterred from being ill'.
For more on police budget cuts, read this comment piece by Richard Garside.
The chair of the Police Federation, Steve White, has warned Theresa May that further cuts to police budgets will lead to a paramilitary style of policing, reports The Guardian.
His comments come ahead of the Federation's annual conference this week. White highlighted the cuts to police budgets of 20 per cent and falls in officer numbers of 17,000 since 2010.
He said further cuts of similar proportions would lead to:
Our Director, Richard Garside, appeared on the BBC current affairs programme Victoria Derbyshire to discuss falling police numbers. This was in the wake of threats made earlier this week by Steve White, chair of the Police Federation, that further cuts to police budgets would lead to paramilitary-style policing.
The Centre's director, Richard Garside, explores how police numbers might fall in the future, and what it will mean.
The Centre's director, Richard Garside, does not buy Police Federation claims that further budgets cuts will do irreparable damage to the police.
Professor Tim Hope offers a five point plan for governments on how to push up approval ratings by destroying the legitimacy of the police.
Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police wants the police to have the right to access sensitive medical data without consent, reports The Guardian. He said that dealing with vulnerable groups now makes up 70% of police work and that speedy access to medical records would give the police a better understanding of the people they are expected to help.