Police custody unsuitable for mental health patients

A ‘crisis care concordat’ signed by 22 national organisations, including the Department of Health, the Home Office and the charity Mind, says police custody should not be used because mental health services are not available, and police cars and other vehicles should not be used as ambulances to transfer patients.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said

‘It's unacceptable that there are incidents where young people and even children can end up in a police cell because the right mental health service isn't available to them’.

Taser troubles

More than 14,700 police are now armed with tasers. Figures due out tomorrow will show that in 2009 there were 3,500 taser deployments, rising to more than 7,000 a year in 2010 and 2011. The police have now been instructed to refrain from using the weapons at point blank range after a surge in complaints, reports The Guardian and The Times.


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