Police: Psychiatric Patients

Home Office written question – answered on 26th November 2018.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effect on people with mental health issues of being transported to a place of safety in a police car.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Minister of State, Home Department

The Home Office has not made an assessment of the impact of transporting people with mental health issues in a police car. The Mental Health Code of Practice states that a health vehicle should be used to transport mental health detainees.

The Home Office are working with Health and police partners to understand why police cars are used to transport people in 52% of cases and what further can be done to reduce this figure. The welfare of those the police come into contact with is paramount, and officers will be aware of this and treat people appropriately.

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