Teenagers with mental health needs will no longer be held in police cells for their safety, reports The Guardian. The new reforms will be announced later this week by the Home Secretary Theresa May. The maximum time someone in mental distress can be detained by the police will also be reduced from 72 to 24 hours.
Last night the Centre's director, Richard Garside, was interviewed on BBC Newsnight on the issue of police bail. He argued that police should not blame cuts for the problems with bail. He said;
'The police remain a very well resourced public service. In the decade to 2010, police funding went up in real terms by 50%.'
A 16 year old girl in the middle of a mental health crisis has been held in a police cell for 48 hours because there were no hospital beds available, The Independent reports. Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton of Devon and Cornwall Police revealed the incident in a tweet on Saturday night.
Today's announcement by the Home Secretary Theresa May that the Police Federation will no longer receive public funds has attracted much attention.
In her speech to the Federation Mrs May also listed a series of scandals that have made it 'a time of great difficulty for policing':
Tim Hope calls for the abolition of the police service and establishment of a civil harm-response unit.
An incoming Labour government should abolish Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and replace them with boards that can better represent local interests, according to former Home Secretaries Alan Johnson and Charles Clarke.