Panel discusses mental health support in policing
Members of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel have sought reassurance over the use of police cells for people with mental health issues.
The Panel, which is responsible for holding Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn to account, were discussing an independent report on policing and mental health at their most recent meeting, held in Powys.
The report, by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), highlights the burden that is being placed on the police when dealing with those who have mental health problems.
Mr Llywelyn has previously spoken of the burden that is being placed upon Dyfed-Powys Police in particular.
He told the Panel that his Chief Constable, Mark Collins, is the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for Mental Health and Policing, and is involved in the development of new legislation.
Chair of the Panel, Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones, said he hoped this would mean there would be more ‘places of safety’ for people with mental health needs, and more support for police officers with whom he sympathised for having to deal with people in a state of distress.
“Cells were a ‘place of safety’ but it can become a dangerous place to keep them. Hopefully there will be more places of safety throughout the Dyfed Powys area,” he said.
The full report can be found as part of the agenda papers for Friday’s meeting, available to read and download from www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales.