Police Training.

It’s recently been reported by the BBC that a significant proportion of individuals who are arrested and taken into custody are mentally ill. This was highlighted in relation to a young man who was mentally ill who died in police custody. Police frequently prefer to restrain a person by force if a person is behaving irrationally, but whether that person is mentally ill or not hasn’t been a consideration up to now.

It’s now generally recognised that restraint is the last option and a person, mentally ill or otherwise, should be controlled rather than forcibly restrained. This implies training for police officers and the training would involve understanding forms of mental illness, identifying people who are mentally ill and appropriate methods of intervention. As a result of greater understanding of mental illness, it’s hoped fewer people suffer or die in police custody.