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Policing, vulnerability and mental health

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J McDaniel

K Moss

K Pease


Police forces across the world have played an increasing role in responding to mental health crises and emergency situations. This chapter will examine the debates about whether this is an appropriate role for police officers, who on the whole have limited mental health training. In the UK, the demands on the police in this field have risen because of welfare retrenchment since 2010, when austerity policies were adopted by the Coalition Government. The chapter will argue that the police will always have some role to play in mental health work. However, the aim of policy should be to limit it as much as is possible. The role of the police in mental health work needs to be examined in the broader context of social welfare policies. The chapter argues that the work of Fineman (2004, 2008) can form the basis for a revitalised social state.


Cummins, I. (2020). Policing, vulnerability and mental health. In J. McDaniel, K. Moss, & K. Pease (Eds.), Policing and Mental Health: theory, policy and practice. Routledge.

Online Publication Date Feb 25, 2020
Publication Date Mar 12, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 12, 2021
Publisher Routledge
Book Title Policing and Mental Health: theory, policy and practice
ISBN 9781138600492-(print);-9780429470882-(ebook)
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Additional Information Additional Information : Chapter originally titled "Policing and mental health"
Access Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Policing and Mental Health :theory, policy and practice on 12th March 2020, available online:


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