Essex, Police, Cells, Place of Safety, Number, People, Adult, Patients, Individuals, Detained, Sectioned, Section, Mental Health Act 1983, Custody, Suites, Monthly, Average, Maximum, Amount of Time.
FOI Reference Number
Police Cells - Place of Safety
2017 to 2021
Please could you tell me how many times Police cells were used as a ‘Place of Safety’ for adult patients sectioned under the Mental Health Act for each month between (and including) January 2017 and June 2021?
For each month, please could you tell me both the average amount of time and the maximum amount of time that individual patients were kept in Police cells
Disclosure with Exemptions
Information Correct as at
23 July 2021
Date of Disclosure
30 July 2021
FOI 15939 Response
Having completed enquiries within Essex Police in respect of Section 1(1)(a), Essex Police does hold information relating to your request, Essex Police can confirm in respect of Section 1(1)(b) the following data:
The data is correct as at 23 July 2021.
Date Period: January 2017 to June 2021.
Data: The total number of people detained under Section 136 Mental Health Act 1983 and taken to an Essex Custody Suite as a Place of Safety.
Number of People Detained Under Section 136 Mental Health Act 1983 as a Place of Safety
Longest Time in Detention
Average Time in Detention
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