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

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Morgan, Matthew and Miles-Johnson, Toby. (2022). Responding to persons with mental illness (PWMI) : Police recruit perceptions of mental health response training and engagement. Cogent Social Sciences. 8(1), p. Article 2020469. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2021.2020469
AuthorsMorgan, Matthew and Miles-Johnson, Toby
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.

KeywordsPolice; mental health; procedural justice; training
Year2022
JournalCogent Social Sciences
Journal citation8 (1), p. Article 2020469
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN2331-1886
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2021.2020469
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85123408512
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Page range1-16
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Online19 Jan 2022
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Accepted15 Dec 2021
Deposited18 Oct 2023
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