Mental health nurses to help police

 

Mental health nurses will be stationed at nearly 50 police stations across England and Wales by next month.

Ten forces – including the Metropolitan Police Service and Leicestershire Constabulary – will operate Liaison and Diversion schemes from April, policing minister Damian Green has announced.

Police officers and custody suite staff will be able to refer vulnerable people who they suspect have mental health needs for assessment and referral for appropriate treatment. It is expected the programme will be rolled out across the country by 2017.

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