Ensure Dorset Police adopt a mental health delivery plan

Dorset Police and the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner (OPCC) have a Mental Health Strategy and Delivery Plan based on the recent national report produced by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS). The purpose of the plan is to ensure that Dorset Police has procedures and processes in place to support and reduce risks for people they come into contact, who have mental health needs. The plan is reviewed and monitored quarterly by Dorset Police.

Some of the key actions in the plan are centred on training, recording data, ensuring current schemes are fit for purpose and working together with our colleagues nationally.

All police officers and staff are trained on mental health issues; this was introduced force wide in September 2019. The process for recording mental health data has also been revised and updated and Dorset Police have improved their compliance rate.

The plan ensures that there are timely reviews of the current Custody Liaison & Diversion Scheme and the Street Triage Scheme and there is a national ‘day of action’ where all forces collate their activity in dealing with mental health incidents.

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