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One in four people will have problems with their mental health at some time in their lives.
Unsurprisingly this impacts on the police service. Around 20 per cent of our calls for service are due to mental health issues.
The force runs a 'Mental Health Triage' scheme, where police officers work with mental health nurses and paramedics. The joint team work out of an unmarked police car that can respond to any incident.
The team provide on-the-spot assessments – often on the street or in private property – and make sure patients are taken to safe health facilities rather than held in police custody. This helps to provide the best level of care for both victims and potential offenders.
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