I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information regarding the amount of times police cells have been used as a place of safety under the Mental Health Act over the past three years.
How many times each year in each of the past three years between May and April have police cells been used as a place of safety under the Mental Health Act? And can you tell me how many were juveniles and adults, how many were male and female, and how many were black and of Asian descent?
Please find attached our response.
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.