UK: Guidance Launched To Give Consistency to Mental Health Policing

Guidance Launched To Give Consistency to Mental Health Policing 10 Oct 2016 New authorised professional practice (APP) and training has been launched to end a “postcode lottery” of policing encounters with vulnerable people with mental health conditions. The guidance and training set minimum standards against which Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary will assess forces. The development comes as over half … Read More

Use of Deadly Force: Shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, CA

Questions raised : Did officers have a choice as to their use of lethal force once Olango took a shooting stance with a device that looked like a gun? What could they have done before it became a critical shoot/no shoot situation? Was Olango mentally ill? Should strategies have been different if  was suffering from mental illness? Should officers been … Read More

Mental Illness: Justice Department Focuses on Police Treatment of Mentally Ill.

 Aug. 29, 2016. DOJ lawyers investigating claims of racial discrimination and excessive force turned up a different problem: officers’ interactions with the mentally ill. The latest example came in Baltimore, where a critical report on that department’s policies found that officers end up in unnecessarily violent confrontations with mentally disabled people who in many instances haven’t even committed crimes. The … Read More