Section 136 suites

MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


ACPO research demonstrates that police officers are losing more than an hour a day managing mental health incidents that should be dealt with by healthcare professionals. (i) What percentage of mental health detainees are going straight to places of safety? (ii) How long on average do officers have to wait for a Section 136 suite? (iii) What, if any, agreements are there between local NHS trusts on transfers if Section 136 suites in one area are busy?


Answer for Section 136 suites

Answer for Section 136 suites

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Further to the publication of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing Report, MOPAC will continue to work with the MPS and relevant partners to improve responses to mental health as outlined in the 28 Recommendations.

In response to your questions:

(i) Between January 2013 and April 2013 99 per cent (268 out of 272) of mental health detainees were taken to a designated place of safety.

(ii) This data is not currently recorded. The improvement in data collection is imminent.

(iii) This is a question for MH Trusts as this relates to joint working agreements between MH Trusts and MH Act Managers. The MPS is currently working closely with NHS Trusts to establish a pan-London protocol.