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Policing and Mental Health

Theory, Policy and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by John McDaniel, Kate Moss, Ken Pease


368 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138600492
pub: 2020-02-26
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Policing and Mental Health explores the relationship between policing and mental health. Police services around the world are innovating at pace in order to develop solutions to the problems presented, and popular models are being shared internationally. Nevertheless, disparities and perceptions of unfairness remain commonplace. Innovations remain poorly funded and largely unproven.

Drawing together the insights of eminent academics in the UK, the US, Australia and South Africa, the edited collection evaluates the condition of mental health and policing as an interlocked policy area, uncovering and addressing a number of key issues which are shaping police responses to mental health. Due to a relative lack of academic texts pertaining to developments in England and Wales, the volume contains a distinct section on relevant policies and practices. It also includes sections on US and Australian approaches, focusing on Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs), Mental Health Intervention Teams (MHITs), stressors and innovations from Boston in the US to Queensland in Australia.

Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars in policing, criminology, sociology, mental health, cultural studies, social theory and those interested in learning about the condition and trajectory of police responses to mental health.

Table of Contents


Professor Maurice Punch


John L.M. McDaniel, Kate Moss and Ken G. Pease

Section I: Comparisons between Australia and the UK

Chapter One: International Models of Police Response to Mental Illness

Stuart D.M Thomas and Dragana Kesic

Chapter Two: Accessing Justice for Mental Health Sufferers? A Comparison of UK and Australian Developments.

Colin Rogers and Emma Wintle

Chapter Three: New Paradigms of Policing Mental Illness in Australia: The Future of ‘Mental Health Street-Sweeping’

Helen Punter and Simon Bronitt

Section II: Comparisons between the US and the UK

Chapter Four: Investment v Impact in Policing and Mental Health: What Works for Police and Suspects

Eddie Kane

Chapter Five: Deaths After Police Contact Involving People with Mental Health Issues

David Baker and Claire Pillinger

Chapter Six: Police Response to People with Mental Illnesses in a Major US City: The Boston Experience with the Co-Responder Model and Mental Health Innovation

Jenna Savage and Melissa S. Morabito

Section III: Perspectives from England and Wales

Chapter Seven: Why do the Police Overuse Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983?

Allyn Thomas

Chapter Eight: ‘This Isn’t Just a Case of Taking Someone to The Hospital’: Police Approaches and Management of Situations Involving Persons with Mental Ill Health in the Custody Suite and Beyond

Samantha Weston and Julie Trebilcock

Chapter Nine: Policing, Vulnerability and Mental Health

Ian Cummins

Chapter Ten: Policing and Mental Health: Do We Really Get It?

Emma Williams, Jenny Norman and Michael Brown

Section IV: The Mental Health of Police Officers and Staff

Chapter Eleven: Police Officer and Staff Wellbeing and the Management of Emotions: An Ethnographic Study of a Force Control Room and Frontline Response Officers

Karen Lumsden and Alex Black

Chapter Twelve: Understanding the Mental Health and Well-being of Police Officers: Causes, Consequences and Responses to Stressors in Police Work

Karen Bullock and Jon Garland

Chapter Thirteen: Police Misconduct, Protraction and the Mental Health of Accused Police Officers

John L.M. McDaniel, Kate Moss, Ken G. Pease and Paramjit Singh

Chapter Fourteen: The Spectre of Trauma in the South African Police Service

Gráinne Perkins, Simon Howell and Clifford Shearing


John L.M. McDaniel, Kate Moss and Ken G. Pease

About the Editors

John L.M. McDaniel is a Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminal Justice at the University of Wolverhampton.

Kate Moss is Professor of Applied Criminology at the University of Derby.

Ken G. Pease OBE is Professor of Policing at the University of Derby and a British forensic psychologist and criminologist.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology