One of our region's police forces has been selected for a pilot scheme which aims to improve the treatment of people with mental health problems.
Thames Valley Police, which covers the county of Buckinghamshire, is one of a number of police forces taking part in the street triage scheme.
Mental health nurses will accompany officers to certain incidents to offer help and support. The aim is to ensure that people get the medical attention they need as quickly as possible.
As part of the scheme, mental health nurses will:
- Support police officers while they are out on patrol.
- Assist officers when they are responding to emergency calls.
- Give advice to staff in police control rooms.
Initial reports from established street triage schemes in other parts of the country show that it can help to keep people out of custodial settings and reduce the demands on valuable police time.