This report, published by the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, sets out clearly the ways in which police forces and health services across the country can work together to prevent more tragic deaths in custody.
The report calls for all police stations to have immediate access to mental health support, including from liaison and diversion services. It concludes that health care in police custody should be managed by the NHS and that ambulance services must ensure they prioritise mental health emergencies.
The Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing is chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale. It is reviewing the work of the London Metropolitan Police Service in relation to how the police interact with people with mental health problems.