Police battle mental health
FIVE people with mental health issues racked up a whopping 8,655 calls to the Metropolitan Police in 2017 – costing £70,000 to answer.
A watchdog for police forces in England and Wales released the figure to show how police are now the “default” service to deal with mental health.
And Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service claims the broader mental health system is “broken”.
A spokesman said: “It is a national crisis which should not be allowed to continue. There needs to be a fundamental rethink and urgent action.”