Mental Health and Policing
Mental health and policing is an area of work I deem very important. The Mental Health Triage Car has achieved some fantastic results and as of last week has received international acclaim. A Canadian TV company have heard about the work that we do here in Leicestershire and are making a documentary to illustrate the differences between the UK and Canada. The crew were out filming with PC Jag Sangha in the Mental Health Triage Car on Wednesday night and I was then interviewed by them on Thursday. To date we are using section 136 of the Mental Health Act 66% less than we were in 2012.
PCSO Ranjit Sonigra was awarded runner up PCSO of the Year last month; he has already cooked a celebratory (and delicious) curry for everyone at Spinney Hill and has now achieved further acclaim after being featured in a newspaper in India. He is clearly very proud of his job and his family are immensely proud to see him recognised for it.
Project Tally Ho!
This week has seen Michelle Wilson and Hayley Small earn some well-deserved praise for the work that they do around the Prevent agenda. They organised a women’s event in the Highfields area which included inputs on safer giving to charities and a survivor’s account of Female Genital Multilation as well as expert advice from Sarah Simons, a Cardiff University academic on the pivotal role of women in countering violent extremism.
“The women in this community are truly blessed and lucky to have such a wonderful team within our police force who truly care for this community. If it wasn’t for this event, I don’t think people in the community would be aware of what help and support is out there especially within our local police.”