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Police: The Same But Different

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Norman Lamb MP wrote to his local police force recently, asking about those kinds of cases I’ve been banging on for years now: people being held in custody for hours and hours, if not days and days, following their arrest for an alleged offence but whilst awaiting admission to hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983. The BBC covered this sort of thing last week, following the release of data by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and Mr Lamb’s contact with Norfolk Police led to some data for his local area.

Two things struck me —

  1. 68hrs is quite a short period of time compared to some of the examples we’ve seen in recent weeks. The NPCC data made reference to a child being detained for 5 days and to an adult being detained for 6 days, so less than 3 days makes me think some people got off quite lightly!
  2. The Medical Director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust gave a response to the media that made me wonder whether a) someone else who didn’t understand the problem wrote a press release that went out in the MD’s name...

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Police: PaCA – The Integrity Test

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

It’s getting really close now, isn’t it?! – just six days until the amendments to the Mental Health Act kick in and my phone is ringing red-hot with questions and queries about various scenarios that are occurring to people. Social media and emails are also going twenty-to-the-dozen. If I may say so, I’d encourage everyone to actually read the legislation, if they haven’t already – many of the answers are directly in there, to be fair and I’m not a High Court judge, so whatever opinion I give you, it’s just my opinion. I’m not entirely sure whether a tent on private land, used as a semi-permanent dwelling could be considered a room. And what if that private land belongs to someone else who doesn’t know the person is there with their tent; and what if, upon learning of it, they don’t object, because they are sympathetic to the person’s predicament? When I go camping in Cornwall with my family, I tend not to think of myself as being a “room”, but I’m not sure if there is case law on non-traditional or...

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Police: PaCA – Brace For Impact

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017. This post is one of several which relates not the amendments themselves, but to the implications arising from them.

For background to the series, see the introductory post which outlines why I’m doing this and what other specific issues will be covered concerning laws that will come in to effect in the next few months. We now know the changes will take place on 11th December 2017.


In just over one week, we will have much less time to ensure those of us detained under s136 MHA are assessed and it will be more complicated than it was before at a time when use of this power appears to be rising*. Earlier in the year, I cut and paste sections 135 and 136 MHA on to a word document, and then went through the Policing and Crime Act, adding all the amendments so I could have a copy of the law as it will appear once implemented on 11th December. Originally just a reference tool for myself, I...

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Police: PaCA – Summary Videos

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017. This post is one of several which relates not the amendments themselves, but to the implications arising from them.

For background to the series, see the introductory post which outlines why I’m doing this and what other specific issues will be covered concerning laws that will come in to effect in the next few months. We now know the changes will take place on 11th December 2017.


With every conceivable expense spared and filmed whilst on location at the exclusive Travelodge, Sale … here are two short videos which explain the main changes to the MHA which take effect on Monday 11th December.

Should take about 15mins to watch them both —


IMG_0053IMG_0052Winner of the President’s Medal from
the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Winner of the Mind Digital Media Award.


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Police: PaCA – What is a Place of Safety?

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017. This post is one of several which relates not the amendments themselves, but to the implications arising from them.

For background to the series, see the introductory post which outlines why I’m doing this and what other specific issues will be covered concerning laws that will come in to effect in the next few months. We now know the changes will take place on 11th December 2017.


This week has been full of phone calls, emails and questions – mainly about how officers should consider the choice they have to make about which Place of Safety to use after they’ve initiated someone’s detention under s136 MHA. In particular, many of this week’s questions have been connected to the role Emergency Departments have to play, not least because one ED in England, whilst in discussion on these matters with their local police force, asked that I be made to stop tweeting things(!) they...

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Police: Seni’s Law

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Earlier this month, Steve Reed MP, introduced a private member’s bill to the House of Commons which is being informally referred to as Seni’s Law – the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017. This follows the death in 2010, of Olaseni Lewis in a hospital in south London – an incident to which the police were called and which involved restraint. Mr Reed is the local MP for Seni Lewis’s parents who have campaigned for justice since this tragic incident and the publication of a PMB in Parliament brings the possibility of legal changes which may assist in protecting individuals whilst they are detained in hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983.

The Bill has received support in principle across the political spectrum so it’s extremely likely that a version of this Bill will become law in England at some point next year. (It will not affect the other three countries of the UK because health issues are devolved in those jurisdictions).

NHS ACCOUNTABILITY

The Bill is largely not about the police, I am very pleased to say. It is...

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Police: PaCA – The ‘What If’ Questions

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017. This post is one of several which relates not the amendments themselves, but to the implications arising from them.

For background to the series, see the introductory post which outlines why I’m doing this and what other specific issues will be covered concerning laws that will come in to effect in the next few months. We now know the changes will take place on 11th December 2017.


We now know we are staring down the barrel of the Policing and Crime Act amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 – they are just four weeks away, as of today. In the last week, I’ve had numerous phone calls from forces and emails from officers asking ‘what if’ type questions … basically, asking what the operational answers will be to situations we all hope won’t emerge, but which history suggests are quite likely. Not all of these problems will emerge in every area, so I’m...

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Police: Inspector to Inspector

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

I’ve been a police inspector for most of my service – about fifteen of my twenty years so far. Regardless of what happens to me in the future, I will retire from the service having spent more time at this rank than any other. And what a position it is! – it’s an operational enough rank to mean you can still do real police work and see the raw humanity in to which policing offers the most amazing and privileged insight. And it is the most Romantic rank of all – most of the policing heroes we idolise from television and literature, like Frost, Rebus, Gently and Morse were inspectors.  Actually Morse was a Chief Inspector, but you’ll notice he didn’t always tell people about that.  He knew …

The Inspectors’ Central Committee (as it was then called) of the Police Federation of England and Wales were kind enough in 2014 to recognise efforts I’ve made over the years to try to help around policing and mental health: of the various recognitions I’ve had for banging on, that one’s just a bit special because it’s from those...

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Police: Timing Is Everything

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

In 2016, the Welsh Assembly Government published a new Code of Practice to the Mental Health Act 1983. This followed on the update England had received the previous year. In many respects, there is now far greater concordance between the policing aspects of these two documents which certainly made it easier than it would have been to write the College of Policing’s guidance during 2015/16. We’re going to have to update that guidance shortly, to take account of the new provisions and I have a question to answer which seems literally impossible to answer, as things stand.

Politically speaking, all health issues are a devolved responsibility in Wales, whereas policing is not. This creates some difficulties when it comes to issues which affect both. The Mental Health Act is an example of this – it’s primarily health legislation but it contains policing and criminal justice provisions, like Part III of the MHA and the powers being amended like ss135/6 and s138. The specific example emerges in the guidance document which has been published...

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Police: Half Hour Checks 

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Well, it’s all now official: the Mental Health Act 1983 will be amended by the provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 with effect from midnight on 11th December 2017. The regulations were laid in Parliament today for a) commencement of the change; and b) the use of Police Stations as a Place of Safety and we can now stare straight down the barrel of what we know has been coming for around three years.

The big surprise in these developments has been the extent to which it will become very difficult to use police custody as a Place of Safety, at all. We knew the amendments would ban such use for children, but we always understood that police stations could continue to be used for adults in exceptional circumstances. Whilst there were various hints in the consultation document from 2014 and various other clues during the informal discussions which occurred between the Home Office and the NPCC / College of Policing, we obviously couldn’t be certain of anything until such time as the Regulations were published – and that happened...

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