Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) annual statistics published

News item posted: 04 April 2014

Mental health continued to be a key factor in deaths in or after police custody in 2012-13, according to annual statistics published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

In response to the report Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point and Chair of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing said;

"These statistics give additional weight to the findings of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing which published its report in May this year. Our report found, without any doubt, that mental health is a core part of the day-to-day business of the police and needs to be treated as such.

I fully support the IPPC's recommendation that police officers are better trained in mental health awareness; this is key.  Frontline police officers are the public face of policing, encountering difficult challenges every day and often being first on the ground in an emergency. In light of this it is crucial that they should be supported in any work that relates to mental health issues through thorough training and guidance and closely working with partners in health and social care. 

It is the belief of the Commission that, should the recommendations in our report be implemented, tragedies like this could be avoided in the future. Mental health is not about 'us' and 'them', we owe it to the public and the families of those who have died to change these tragic statistics."

Read the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing report