One aspect of the Strategic Command Course is to look at a big policy issue for policing. I’m in a group of 8 looking at the following question set by Chief Constable Simon Cole.
The long term reduction in spending on policing is already raising questions about how far the police role stretches beyond narrowly cutting crime. Using the particular challenges of police involvement in mental health cases, outline how forces should reconcile what has been the wider mission of policing over recent years with changed economic conditions while staying faithful to core values?
As a group we’ve held 3 quick meetings so far and identified these key issues.
- Local practices that really work
- Identifying evidence based local practices that should be replicated nationally
- Partnerships that make a difference
- Identifying the components of successful mental health partnerships from national and international experience
- Future challenges
- Forecasting ahead to identify opportunities to intervene and influence earlier
- Identifying cultural barriers and enablers – what will really make our fail or succeed?
Between now and the end of February the team will suggest ways to make progress in each of these areas, and then draft a plan for changing the policing approach to mental health. This will include fresh ideas on how to continue to build momentum on this important subject for the Service and make real and lasting changes to local practice.
We also want to capture the interest and support of as many people as we can. We’ve got some academic advisors and have started research in our own organisations and others. We don’t care where the ideas come from and we’d love to hear from people who are passionate about this subject and want to help.
I’m sure you’ll agree this is an ambitious topic, so please spread the word, share this widely and let us know what you think. Your views will be much appreciated.