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Policing and mental health
  1. Graham Towl1,
  2. David Crighton1,2
  1. 1Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
  2. 2ERB Associates, 145-157 St John Street, London EC1V 4PW, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Graham Towl, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Warden, Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK;

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The way in which the Police deal with those experiencing mental health problems has a long and fraught history, in terms of deaths in custody. It can also be argued that the, always difficult, interface between mental health and criminal justice services has become more difficult still due to two trends. First, the closure of many hospital places and second, the tendency for mainstream mental health services to increasingly withdraw from working with those in contact with the police. There has been a significant loss of skills in dealing with such patients, in favour of specialist ‘forensic’ services, leaving the police to cope as best they …

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