The London Police Services Board (LPSB) has voted in favour of creating a crisis outreach and support team to minimize police use of force during mental health calls on Thursday.
The motion from Police Chief Steve Williams would see four specialized officers team up with local mental health workers to respond to some of the hundreds of mental health calls police deal with every month.
“We have said for quite some time that police alone should not be the first responder to these crisis calls,” Williams said.
This move is a big step forward in the LPS addressing Black Lives Matter London’s call to “defund the police.” The group has been calling for the reallocation of police funds to better address issues like mental health and homeless prevention.
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