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COMMISSIONER INTRODUCES MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS IN FORCE CONTROL ROOM

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Donna Jones, has introduced a Mental Health Deployment Coordinator role to make sure callers experiencing a mental health crisis get the right support.

The new position will ensure vulnerable people who call the Police are professionally assessed by a specialist working in the control room to identify the right agency to support the person.

For a long time, officers have attended to people in a mental health crisis which has taken them away from frontline duties. The new position, which is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, is being piloted in collaboration with South Central Ambulance Service with the aim to reduce the demand on policing by freeing up officer hours to ensure fighting crime and building safer communities can remain the Police’s core focus.

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PCC Donna Jones has said:

“The rise in the number of calls coming in that are related to people who are experiencing a mental health crisis is growing every year. That’s putting a lot of pressure on police resources and police time.

“A trained mental health coordinator working in the control room will triage calls swiftly to identify the right agency to support the person in need thereby allowing more police time to be available to respond to the crimes.

“The police are seldom the appropriate first agency to respond to those suffering mental health episodes. My ambition is to free up police time, increasing their ability to respond to crimes whilst ensuring those in need receive compassionate support from health professionals.”

The post supports the Right Care Right Person (RCRP) initiative that was introduced in July 2023 as part of a national partnership agreement rolled out across England and Wales. The approach involving the local NHS, ambulance trusts and local authorities is predicted to save around 1million police officer hours nationally each year.

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The effectiveness of the role will be tracked to determine the impact on freeing up police time and officer hours.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Bartolomeo of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary said:

“We really welcome this new role. It continues our 11 year journey of removing police officers from routine crisis care, and not over-policing vulnerable people. The role represents continued close partnership working with our colleagues in Health as we deliver on these shared goals.”

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Ffs
Ffs
8 days ago

Why does it always wear that blue tarpaulin???

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
Reply to  Ffs
7 days ago

Because that is the only colour B&Q sell

Transport worker
Transport worker
8 days ago

The new position, which is funded by the police and crime commissioner? So she funded it herself did she? Yet more lies from a tory

King kev
King kev
Reply to  Transport worker
7 days ago

You utter twat Labour lover get an education

IoWill
IoWill
Reply to  King kev
7 days ago

Ah, the irony

Andrew westmore
Andrew westmore
Reply to  King kev
6 days ago

Hello king turd where’s you old strange friend old vc ? Have they finally lock him up

King kev
King kev
Reply to  Andrew westmore
6 days ago

Hey turd muncher I do hope Old vc has been locked up he a dangerous to Young boys it because of his
controling mother he hate women

Cooper
Cooper
Reply to  King kev
4 days ago

You that weirdo call Trevor who lonely and got no life

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
8 days ago

Wow! She almost actually did a bit of work herself then. Careful now Donna.

Char
Char
8 days ago

Mental health for attention seeking adults who cuts there own skin cause they can’t get there own way what a embarrassment

Hilary
Hilary
Reply to  Char
8 days ago

A very offensive comment !

IoWill
IoWill
Reply to  Hilary
7 days ago

Offensive to the English language too

pete
pete
Reply to  Char
7 days ago

Yes I am thinking of going down that road! better than working, Mental health my ASS.

Bobs Biggest Fan
Bobs Biggest Fan
8 days ago

11 yr journey !! WTF So one person for the whole of Hampshire and the IOW, full time or part time ?? Like the new Cowes station, good luck to the Coordinator !!

Moi
Moi
8 days ago

The Police need Mental Health Services, They’re All Corrupt as Fu*k!!
And like the Boss, most of them need to go on a diet for their Morbid Obesity and the Drain on Our NHS!! FFS!!
C orrupt
O ppresive
P ersecution
S ervices
The Biggest and Most Brutal Gangs in the UK!! 🙁

Gottalarf
Gottalarf
8 days ago

Why is it the minute you see the word “triage” you just know for sure you will be getting a poorer service with even more hoops to jump through…

karen
karen
7 days ago

Well done Donna.

Don’t let the ignorant on here get to you. Thanks to inbreeding the Island has a larger proportion of mentally ill people than most other places except where Asian people live in large groups as they do suffer mental health issues more than other races.

When the asylum at Whitecroft was closed, many afflicted were then allowed to live under the care in the community arrangement. This was a huge mistake, designed to save money, but when a individual home, and care worker, council tax, rent etc is all paid for by the state, then it has worked out far more costly than housing all imbeciles under one roof, and much safer for the public too.

So a good move to humour them with a non Police officer on the phone.

Marcus
Marcus
7 days ago

Is the Police and Crime Commissioner now deciding what staff to deploy where in the Force? Whilst she may be making the funding available for this post, surely it is the function of the Chief Constable to manage the operation of the Constabulary?

ExtraD
ExtraD
Reply to  Marcus
7 days ago

Maybe the Tories want certain crimes to be disregarded as mental health related.

Raj
Raj
Reply to  Marcus
7 days ago

Sounds like next year Donna will be wanting more money from our
Council taxes.

Plod could make millions of pounds on this island catching
speeding motorists
Motorists who drive whilst using their phones
Vehicles parking on Pavements and Double Yellow Lines

The island could make millions

Mr Khan in London would run this island the correct way.

DFL Dave
DFL Dave
7 days ago

How about STOPPING Motorists speeding on this
Lawless island.

Pulsar
Pulsar
Reply to  DFL Dave
7 days ago

Isn’t that all they do anyway?

Andrew vowles
Andrew vowles
7 days ago

She should try putting the fork down

Reg Dennis
Reg Dennis
Reply to  Andrew vowles
7 days ago

Don’t be silly, she would chew her fingers off if she didn’t have a fork

Spence
Spence
7 days ago

About time too. I had a mental breakdown a while back and was reported missing. Didnt expect the police to turn up pointing tasers at me shouting and screaming. Felt absolutly terrified. I have autism and adhd , i was cuffed , dragged half a mile across woodland and fields by the scruff of my neck then left facedown in the road, still cuffed waiting for an ambulance. I still have scars over my legs from all the cuts i recieved whilst being dragged. I did not resist, i ask the officers to step back and give me space because they were scaring me , they jusy jumped on top of me, even refused me water as i lay utterly broken at the side of the road. No way to treat a man who is jn crisis and presenting no threat to any officers.

Last edited 7 days ago by Spence
 

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