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Mentally ill 'let down' by police

Severely mentally ill people are "significantly more likely" to report unfair or disrespectful behaviour from police, new research has shown. However, many feared there would be repercussions, like sectioning, if they reported bad behaviour.

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Police: Mentally ill get same 'high quality service'

Mentally ill people receive the same "high quality service" as any other victim of crime, a senior police officer has said.

Commander Christine Jones who is the lead on mental health for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) was defending the force after research found mentally ill people were more likely to complain about their treatment by police than anyone else.

Anyone reporting a crime against them expects to be listened to, taken seriously and treated with respect.

They also expect appropriate action to be taken to investigate their case and to be signposted to further support if they need it.

We want to ensure that people with mental ill health get that same, high quality service from the police if they have been a victim of crime.

– Commander Christine Jones, Association of Chief Police Officers

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