09 June 2016

Mental health in policing

MH in PolicingOur staff joined volunteers from across Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire police force areas and Sue Mountstevens Police and Crime Commissioner at her annual Independent Custody Visiting Conference.

Mental health was the  theme of the day, with staff speaking to the room about the Section 136 detention process and about health care in custody. Liaison and diversion practitioners Maria Wilson and Alicia Russell and L&D learning disability practitioner Angela Phillipou all gave talks to a captive audience.  

Custody visiting and voluntary, community and social enterprise officer for Avon and Somerset Police, Anna Hill commended our staff speakers. "I would like to pass on my heartfelt thanks to Maria, Alicia and Angela. They did a fantastic job and are a real asset to AWP's Liaison and Diversion Service," she said.

Modern matron Linda Holbrook also took time to talk to guests about Section 136 facilities. This evoked much interest and useful discussion from event attendees and the Police and Crime Commissioner herself. 

"The safety and appropriate treatment of detainees being held in police custody is extremely important to me. When someone is brought into custody, they have not yet been found guilty and so it is our duty as human beings to treat our fellow man with dignity and respect," the Commissioner commented.

Congratulations to the team and all who attended a successful day where everyone learnt more about mental health in policing.  

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