Lord Adebowale comments on progress of Mental Health and Policing report

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Today marks three years since the publication of the report of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing.

The Commission’s report, commissioned by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, called for improved training for officers; better data collection; and a commitment to work with the health service to ensure people with mental health conditions receive the same response as those with physical health conditions.

Over the last three years the Metropolitan Police have made great strides to improve the support vulnerable people receive when they come into contact with officers.

Commenting on progress to date, Lord Victor Adebowale CBE said: ‘The Commission’s report was a catalyst for change not only in London, but across the UK, including the introduction of the Crisis Care Concordat, measurement of vulnerability for the first time, the roll out of street triage across the capital and improved police training.

‘This isn’t a periphery issue. The police deal with more instances relating to mental health than they do robbery and sexual offences.

‘With a new Mayor now in office my hope is that the commitment to mental health and leadership demonstrated by the Met Police continues and influences forces across the country to understand and respond appropriately to people who have mental health issues.’