Mental Health Detentions (6005/16)

Request

In the year 2015/16, can you tell me how many times West Midlands Police detained a person who was deemed to need mental health treatment, but had to be kept in the custody of police for longer than 24 hours, due to the inability of mental health services to take on that person?

Could you also tell me how long these periods of detention lasted in each case (if possible)?

Could you also provide corresponding figures for the years 2014/15 and 2013/14?

Response

The information below shows the number of times a person was detained in custody for over 24 hours from 2013/14 to 2015/16.

2014/15 – 1 occasion – 24 hours 34 minutes.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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