Suicides Following Police Custody Reach Nine-Year High

Data supplied by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) point out that only for the last year 64 people have committed suicide within two days of release from police custody.

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Two thirds of those who were in custody had mental health concerns, 18 were caught because of sexual offences, and other seven have previously been detained under the Mental Health Act.

The chairwoman of the IPCC, Dame Anne Owers, said these figures showed that police is not trained enough in order to deal with people having mental health issues.

“The police are often called in to deal with acutely mentally ill people, who may be a danger to themselves or others or who may be behaving in a disturbing or strange way,” she said. “It is clearly important that they are better trained in mental health awareness.”

According to Deborah Coles, from the charity Inquest, the high number of people who took their lives after they went out of police custody was alarming.  She added that the country needed urgent changes in the national strategy towards those with mental problems. This is the only way, which would change police culture and practice.

IPCC, on the other hand also released information that less people have died in police custody compared to the years since 2004. Another thing mentioned was that there were no fatal police shootings.

Despite this, the number of people who have died during police pursuits is large. Out of 30 road traffic fatalities 26 people lost their lives in police pursuits.