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Mental Health Incidents (10703_17)


– The number of incidents handled byyour force involving mental health qualifier tags for each of the last five years (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16). 

Broken down by Neighbourhood Policing Unit


– The number of adults (aged 18 years and older) who have been detained by police under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1993 over the last five years (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16).

 Broken down by local authority area




Please find attached our response.

Regarding the data on persons detained, please be aware that the data extracted does not necessarily relate to persons who have been placed in custody purely because they have been detained under the Mental Health Act. More often than not, officers are called to attend a scene where an offence appears to have been committed and upon arresting the suspect for that offence, they identify that the person may have mental health issues. They are then brought into custody where they are examined and assessed. If they are fit to be kept in custody and dealt with then the detention will go ahead and they will be investigated in the normal way. However if they are found not fit, they will be moved into the appropriate care i.e. a hospital or another place of safety as designated by the assessor. It is worth noting that it is very rare that someone is brought into custody purely because they have been detained under the Mental Health Act. West Midlands Police have a Mental Health Triage team for people suspected of suffering mental ill health issues hence they avoid time in a police cell and instead, get swift access to health facilities. It is only in exceptional circumstances that a person may be detained in a police cell.

Please note that the data for both parts of the request should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.

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.