Firstly, all organisations should be
connected – including police, ambulance service, emergency departments, mental
health providers, social services, children’s services (Angiolini, 2017)

Then, police should go through
training for a better understanding of mental health and to increase „awareness
of how social issues and deprivation are linked to mental health and offending”
(Fenge et al., 2014) so they can deal with mentally ill people better.

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and young people – Identifying mental health problems as soon as possible is
crucial, it can be very helpful and have an influence on offending rates
(Bradley, 2009).

Neighbourhood policing –
It can be a very good opportunity for early
detection of mentally ill, a chance for pro-active work, and police and local
agencies should work together (Bradley, 2009).

Custody –
Police stations should not be used anymore as place of safety, there are more
appropriate mental health facilities (Bradley, 2009). When handling mentally
ill offenders, face down restraint should not be allowed because it can have
bad concequences for the person; when transporting mentally ill offenders,
police vehicles should not be used (Angiolini, 2017). Screening protocol for
mental health problems should be more effective and regular (Bradley, 2009) and
officers should have an access to the person’s NHS previous records so the
whole medical intervention could be better (Angiolini, 2017).

– Prison is not always the best answer for mentally ill offenders, it can make
their condition even worse. Community sentences can have better and more
positive results like „improvement in clinical outcome, greater well-being and
support”. But when the imprisonment is neccessary, offenders with mental health
problems should get a proper treatment. Also, prison officers should get some
training in mental health awareness. After realising from prison, lot of people
are not under supervision and that should change, it is very important for
mentally ill that they carry on with their treatment outside of the prison
(Bradley, 2009). 


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