- This is a mnemonic to assist in establishing whether a non-criminal incident, involving the adminsitration of health and / or social care processes should involve the police.
- It is a starting point for discussions, not an end point.
- And it relates to the heightened potential for risks which are legitimately beyond the ability of NHS or Local Authority staff to manage after employing their normal procedures.
- These are the grounds upon which it could be argued that the police should be involved in support NHS processes to implement mental health law.
- Where there are NO ‘RAVE risks‘, it could be argued that there is no statutory responsibility for the police to undertake health or social care functions;
- Whether the police then choose to do so, will be case by case, in light of other demands and in line with the Chief Constable’s views on how to deploy their officers.
The Mental Health Cop blog
– won the ConnectedCOPS ‘Top Cop’ Award for leveraging social media in policing.
– won the Digital Media Award from the UK’s leading mental health charity, Mind
– won a World of Mentalists #TWIMAward for the best in mental health blogs
– was highlighted by the Independent Commission on Policing & Mental Health
– was referenced in the UK Parliamentary debate on Policing & Mental Health
– was commended by the Home Affairs Select Committee of the UK Parliament.