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The Policing and Crime Act

I am currently producing a series of posts on the new Policing and Crime Act 2017.  The introductory post outlines what I’m trying to do and contains links to the emerging series, as they are written.  It also contains links to posts I have done which set out the new sections 135, 136 and 138 as they will appear in law after the commencement order brings them in to effect in a few months’ time.

The latest post available is on the requirement for police officers to consult, where practicable, with a mental health professional before deciding to detain someone under s136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. This one is fraught with a few things to think about if you’re a front line police officer – so you’d best give it a read!

IMG_0053I was proud to be awarded the The President’s Medal in 2015 by the

Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Awarded for “a significant contribution to the lives of people with mental illness.”
– Professor Sir Simon WESSLEY, President, RCPsych.

img_0067In the 2016, 90th Birthday Honours, I was appointed –

Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Awarded for “services to policing and mental health”.

– by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.


PACE For Beginners

Part One – general framework affecting all detainees.
Part Two – issues variously affecting detainess.
Part Three – how PACE relates to the MHA in custody.
Part Four – detailed vignettes on PACE / MHA.

Temporary Reduction in Output!

I’m in the process of updating, tidying and re-indexing all 500+ posts on this blog and in the process of  organising print  copies of all my posts into hardcopy folders.  As such, I’ll be writing less until this is complete.  I also changed the ‘theme’ of the BLOG well over a year ago and need to reformat some of the posts so they don’t look odd and old!

Feel free to email me  –  I aim to reply within a few days, wherever possible!