Mental health workers to support Dorset police on patrol

Mental health workers are to assist police on patrol in Dorset.

The Mental Health Street Triage service will run across the county on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 19:00 to 20:30 BST.

Officers will be given medical information, specialist advice and mental health assessments of a person, if needed.

Guidance will be given for police who are on patrol, responding to emergencies and in control rooms.

The project is being rolled out to 10 areas of England as part of a pilot aimed at cutting reoffending.

Police said the 12-month scheme would divert people from the criminal justice system, when appropriate, and provide access to community-based services.

Treating vulnerable people

Mental health workers from Dorset Healthcare will support officers by telephone and will also attend incidents in Bournemouth and Poole, at the request of police.

This will extend to Weymouth in a few weeks' time.

The service will be aimed at people with learning disabilities, a personality disorder, a history of substance misuse or mental health issues.

Dorset Police and Crime commissioner Martyn Underhill said: "It is crucial that people with mental health problems get the right care in the right place, at the right time.

"With the support of health professionals, officers will have the assistance they need to treat vulnerable people appropriately in times of crisis. This is a huge step forwards in our partnership work between health services and the police."

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