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PSNI handles 20,000 mental health cases

By Jane Kirby

PSNI officers dealt with the third highest number of mental health-related incidents last year across all UK police forces.

Nationally, police handled nearly 300,000 such incidents during the period, according to official statistics.

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed 296,773 incidents were recorded, with South Wales Police having the highest number of any force at 38,712.

This was followed by Nottinghamshire Police, which registered 19,973 incidents with a mental health code, and the PSNI on 19,668.

The lowest number of reported incidents was for North Wales Police at 766.

The data was obtained by the think tank Parliament Street and shared exclusively with the Press Association.

Danny Bowman, of Parliament Street, said that Britain needed a better funded strategic plan for people with mental health problems.

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