Police responses to persons with mental illness: the policy and procedures manual of one Australian police agency and ‘procedural justice policy’

Morgan, Matthew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9437-7519 (2021) Police responses to persons with mental illness: the policy and procedures manual of one Australian police agency and ‘procedural justice policy’. Social Sciences, 10 (2):42. pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

Persons with mental illness (PWMI) often report negative perceptions of police treatment following receiving criminalising and heavy-handed police responses. To appropriately control officer discretion and to harness ethical, legal, and efficient police practice when encountering vulnerable and diverse individuals, police agencies across the world issue policy documents to their officers. These documents serve as a reflection regarding how police agencies aspire to manage PWMI in the community. Using a procedural justice framework, this research measures how a large police agency in Australia aspires to manage PWMI and whether the police policy document provides sufficient detail in advocating the appropriate and just police treatment of PWMI. A content analysis of the policy document revealed a lack of sufficient procedural guidelines in effectively controlling police officer discretion when encountering PWMI in the community. This article argues that without further consolidation to embed appropriate procedural guidelines into the policy document, the procedural policy gaps may have a negative effect on the experiences of PWMI when encountering the police.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 03:24
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2022 23:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: police, policing, mental health, policy, discretion, procedural justice
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 > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice
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/10.3390/socsci 10020042
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46930

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