The anonymous police officer, who blogs under the pseudonym Nathan Constable, believes mental health patients are locked up for the ‘crime’ of being ill, when what they really need is greater support.
He says there is a ‘passing the buck’ attitude among services fuelled by nonsensical policies which prevent real help from being given when it is needed.
For example, police are often called to emergencies where an individual appears to be at risk of suicide in their own home. Under the Mental Health Act, officers are only allowed to enter private properties after a warrant has been issued by a magistrate. Even with a warrant, they can only assess whether a person needs further assessment or treatment. They are not allowed to detain them in order to prevent them from harm.
Because many of...