INDEPENDENT NEWS

Detention of person by Police for a mental health assessment

Published: Thu 12 Jul 2018 10:04 AM
10am, Thursday 12 July 2018
Detention of a person by Police for a mental health assessment
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a person detained by Police for a mental health assessment should have been constantly monitored while in Police custody until he was able to be assessed by a mental health professional.
Shortly before 2am on 9 October 2016, a woman called for Police assistance because her partner was attempting to commit suicide at their address. The first officer who arrived saw the man making a further attempt to end his life.
After trying to speak to the man, Police decided to detain him at the Wellington District Custody Unit (DCU) for a mental health assessment. The man became agitated and uncompliant as he was guided towards the door to be taken to the Police car. He had to be restrained and handcuffed.
The Authority found that, when he arrived at the DCU, the man was inappropriately evaluated as requiring ‘frequent monitoring’ (checks at least five times an hour at irregular intervals) and should have been evaluated as requiring ‘constant monitoring’ (watched by a staff member without interruption) until staff from the Crisis Resolution Service (CRS) were able to assess him.
“The custody supervisor should have recognised that, since the man had attempted suicide immediately before coming into Police custody, he needed to be evaluated as ‘In need of care and constant monitoring’ until CRS staff were able to assess him” said Authority Chair, Judge Colin Doherty.
In addition, even though the man was inappropriately evaluated as needing ‘frequent monitoring’, he was not checked five times an hour while in Police custody as required by Police policy.
The Authority also found that, although Police had a duty of care to the man and were justified in detaining him, it would have been preferable if they had considered contacting the CRS to find out if someone was available to come to the man’s address to assess him or could conduct an assessment over the phone. They could also have discussed taking the man to hospital before taking him to the DCU.
A copy of the report is attached.
http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/1807/12_JULY_2018_IPCA_PUBLIC_REPORT__Detention_of_a_person_by_Police_for_a_mental_health_assessment.pdf
ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Government shows leadership on MP pay
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on the party of no ideas
By: Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell on Bridges’ ‘meth crooks’ leadership failure
By: Gordon Campbell
Environment Court grants America’s Cup consents
By: Auckland Council
New surgical mesh safeguards put in place
By: New Zealand Government
Statement, release of emails and text messages, on CTO role
By: Derek Handley
Bus drivers welcome select committee hearing
By: Wellington Tramways Union
America’s Cup court ruling vindicates process
By: New Zealand Government
The Nation: Housing New Zealand CEO Andrew McKenzie
By: The Nation
Acting PM's Press Conference 24/9/18: UN-Leader'd
By: Lyndon Hood
“Meth crooks” not being compensated
By: New Zealand Government
Housing NZ social objectives to be legislated
By: New Zealand Government
Standards system reassurance sought
By: New Zealand Government
Housing NZ to right meth testing wrong
By: New Zealand Government
Heart put back into social housing
By: Green Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media