The Home Office has published a booklet that advises on new or improved ways the police can deal with vulnerable people with mental health problems, learning disabilities or drug misuse issues.
Launched at the policing and mental health summit today, the booklet helps the police to identify those people who may have particular needs or vulnerabilities and suggests the most appropriate response.
In the course of their day-to-day duties the police come into contact with a wide range of the public, in a variety of situations. For any number of reasons, individuals may, by virtue of individual characteristics or the situation they find themselves in, be articularly vulnerable and in need of specialised assistance at the point at which they come into contact with the police. While there is an expectation that the police will always seek to treat individuals with whom they come into contact fairly and professionally, it is important that they are able to identify those who may have particular needs or vulnerabilities, and that they can help address those needs.