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Mental health specialist appointed to avoid drain on Staffordshire Police

A mental health programme manager to work alongside Staffordshire Police as part of ongoing work to stop criminalising people who are ill, free up police time and ensure officers are not tied up with issues they’re unqualified to deal with.

Police officers responded to 15,000 incidents in Staffordshire last year involving people with mental health issues many of which could have been dealt with by more appropriate agencies.

Work commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis earlier this year highlighted the scale of the problem, how much time officers spend dealing with mental health issues and the significant impact this has on operational policing.

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