Added by Freedom of Information Team on 26 February 2016 at 13:21
1) How many officers work for your constabulary
2) How many of them are trained in mental health issues
3) What training was provided to officers to deal with mental health issues
4) What measures are put into place to deal with people who have mental health issues.
Q1. As of 31st January 2016 we had 2,773 police officers. This is a head count figure and does not include special constables.
Q2–3. All new police officers, special constables, Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) and communications staff receive training in recognising and dealing with a wide range of mental health issues as part of their basic training. Type of training depends on the role but will include recognition of vulnerability and an understanding of available support and/or an understanding of relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Specialist training is provided to officers in specialist roles. For example, 126 police officers have received enhanced mental health awareness training to level 2. All current serving officers will have some level of training in mental health.
Q4. In relation to helping members of the public, we run projects where mental health professionals work alongside police officers and a nurse acts as a liaison to ensure that people with mental health issues receive the right care at the right time. This also reduces the use of police emergency powers of detention under the Mental Health Act (Section 136). Lots of work is currently progressing in order to further improve collaborative practices in line with the agreements signed up to in the national Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat. I have provided a link to the website for information. Our force policies and protocols in relation to mental health are also being improved in conjunction with our partners in the health service.
FOI Reference: 179/16