PCC John Campion is seeking reassurance that a new national partnership approach, focused on mental health, won’t fail the most vulnerable in society.
Earlier today, a national partnership agreement was signed which will see all police forces across England and Wales adopt ‘Right Care, Right Person’. This new approach will ensure mental health incidents are dealt with by the most appropriate agencies.
With West Mercia Police being an early adopter of the approach, the PCC held an assurance and accountability meeting in June that focused on putting victims and survivors first, of which the force’s approach to the national policy was featured.
Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “I, like the public, want police officers to be able to focus on fighting crime and keeping people safe. However, it is vital that the most vulnerable in society are given the support and help they need to cope and recover.
“I know that there are still times when people are let down by West Mercia Police when they call for help. This has to change. This announcement today is the right step forward to ensure all services work together to make sure that people aren’t let down. I’m not currently reassured, on behalf of the public, that this new policy is succeeding, and I’m concerned that until it is fully implemented the most vulnerable in society will continue to fall through the cracks and not receive the right support.
“I will, as PCC, use all the powers available to me to support and challenge the force and partners as they deliver these vital changes for the benefit of those who need help.”