Responding to persons with mental illness (PWMI): Police recruit perceptions of mental health response training and engagement

Morgan, Matthew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9437-7519 and Miles-Johnson, Toby (2021) Responding to persons with mental illness (PWMI): Police recruit perceptions of mental health response training and engagement. Cogent Social Sciences, 8 (1):2020469. pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Many Australian police organisations embed mental health response training (MHRT) into their recruit training packages. Yet critics argue police officers are under-trained and ill-equipped to engage with persons with mental illness (PWMI) in crisis, and officers frequently police PWMI using discretional techniques that are procedurally unfair and unjust. Applying a procedural justice lens, this research sought to better understand whether MHRT offered by one Australian state police organisation (de-identified as part of the ethics agreement) equips its recruits to engage appropriately with PWMI in future practice, and whether the MHRT effectively prepares recruits to use procedurally fair policing techniques when responding to PWMI in crisis. Conducting semi-structured interviews with recruits upon completion of the MHRT, this research determines that recruits are aware of their lack of knowledge regarding policing PWMI in crisis and are concerned that they may engage in differential policing because the MHRT has under-prepared them for future policing practice.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2022 04:28
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 04:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: Police, mental health, procedural justice, training
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160204 Criminological Theories
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440211 Police administration, procedures and practice
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440205 Criminological theories
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230404 Law enforcement
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2021.2020469
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46928

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