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Nurses are to patrol alongside police officers in a bid to improve responses to mental health emergencies.
Street triage teams are to be tested in Sussex as part of an initiative funded by the Department of Health and backed by the Home Office.
It has been estimated that police officers spend between 15 to 25% of their time dealing with mental health problems - the equivalent of around 26,000 officers.
The scheme aims to ensure fewer people with mental health problems are detained in the wrong environment - a problem recently outlined in a joint inspection by a number of agency watchdogs.
Police on the beat in Sussex are to be joined by mental health nurses. The pilot scheme is being funded by the Department for Health and hopes to help people suffering from mental health issues rather than detaining them uneccessarily.