Campaign charity INQUEST launches its Skills and Support Toolkit

Police station demo

source: INQUEST
published: 11 December 2015

INQUEST launched an online version of its Skills and Support Toolkit on 16th December. This resource, funded by the Big Lottery, has been developed with the help of a number of families, including INQUEST’s Family Reference Group, all of whom have had direct experience of a relative who has died in custody or detention.

The toolkit’s purpose is to help bereaved people navigate their way through the protracted inquest process and to build a range of skills to support their rights and access to information. Individuals can learn basic skills such as, how to plan and organise information ahead of an inquest, speak in public, as well as some more advanced skills such as campaigning, speaking to media or lobbying a Member of Parliament. Continue reading

New book addresses controversial police powers and accountability

Police - see-no-evilsource: StopWatch
published: 9 December 2015

The recently released ‘Stop and Search: the Anatomy of a Police Power’ provides a compelling and well-rounded analysis of the issues around the power that daily allows officers to invade an individual’s privacy and to intrude into people’s liberty.

Academics and renowned criminologists have contributed to the book’s eight chapters, covering issues ranging from police racism and the economic case for stop and search to counter terrorism policing.

The book launch, hosted by the LSE on 26 November, saw discussions by Emeritus Professor Robert Reiner, Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa and the book’s editors and contributors.

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Mental health ‘street triage’ scheme launched in South Bucks

police & mental healthsource: Bucks Free Press
published: 14 September 2015

A new street triage Scheme has been introduced across South Bucks, which aims to offer improved immediate support to those suffering ill mental health who call the police in a crisis state.

Starting from today, a mental health professional will be attending evening incidents with officers between 5pm and 4:30am in the Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks areas in order to offer expert advice and make accurate risk assessments regarding the care of the patient.

Police hope that the scheme will provide an alternative to the use S136 of the Mental Health Act, which gives them the power to detain someone found in a public space, suffering from ill mental health, if they believe them to be a risk to themselves or others.

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