Belfast Telegraph

Police acted correctly on 'suicide risk': watchdog

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Allegations that police failed a person at risk of suicide have been rejected by a watchdog.

A complaint was lodged with the Police Ombudsman because officers were not sent out after a man reported his relative was suffering a mental health crisis and had cuts to the neck.

Investigators examined a copy of the non-emergency early morning telephone call which was made in November 2015.

The man told a police call handler he wanted his relative detained under mental health legislation to prevent any further self-harm.

The call was referred to a police officer who phoned back 25 minutes later and established that the person was at home, being looked after and was in no immediate danger.

According to Ombudsman, the correct advice was issued and was in line with PSNI procedure, so the complaint was not upheld.

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