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Mental Health & S136 incidents 2015 – 2019 (3260-20)


  1. How many calls has your police force received where “mental health” was flagged and/or cited as a factor in the last five calendar years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019)? Please break this down by year.
  2. How many times in the last five calendar years has section 136 of the Mental Health Act been used to detain a member of the public? Please break this down by year (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019)

Please provide an estimate of money spent dealing with mental health- related calls and cases in the last five years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019) if possible


For Question 1 and 2 please refer to 3260_attachment for the statistical figures requested.

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.

Please note that these data 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.


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