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

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Morgan, Matthew. (2021). Police responses to persons with mental illness : The policy and procedures manual of one Australian police agency and ‘procedural justice policy’. World of Information Business Intelligence Reports. Albania. 10, p. Article 42. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10020042
AuthorsMorgan, Matthew
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.

Keywordspolice; policing; mental health; policy; discretion; procedural justice
Year2021
JournalWorld of Information Business Intelligence Reports. Albania
Journal citation10, p. Article 42
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI AG)
ISSN2076-0760
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10020042
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85100680449
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Page range1-16
FunderResearch Training Program Scholarship (RTP), Australian Government
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Output statusPublished
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Online27 Jan 2021
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Accepted25 Jan 2021
Deposited18 Oct 2023
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