HC Deb 01 July 1996 vol 280 c308W
Mr. Cann

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken since March to ensure that police forces nationally adopt training and procedures for dealing with mentally ill people comparable to those currently practised by the Metropolitan police. [34603]

Mr. Maclean

The national director of police training circulated the Metropolitan police distance learning document "Understanding Mental Disorder" to all police forces in 1995. A further Metropolitan police document was cited as an example of good practice.

The national director has invited the National Schizophrenia Fellowship to conduct a series of conferences at police training centres around the country, dealing with the vulnerability of the mentally disordered suspect.