Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Police Officers Increasingly Busy Dealing with Mentally Confused People

Police officers are increasingly confronted with confused people who cause public disturbances or have become violent.  While in 2011 the police was called 40,500 times to deal with those with psychological problems, in 2013 the calls increased to 52,000.  The police trade union, ACP, wants a study made to analyze whether or not the police are able to cope with these people who are not criminals.   ACP chairman, Gerrit van de Kamp says that the police had warned the authorities about this problem when the budget was cut for mental health care.  Now the problem has moved to the Dutch streets and neighborhoods.

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