Simeon Brown released:
Police not attending half of mental health callouts
Figures released in the Police 2021 Annual Report show significant demand for police services which police are unable to meet, says National Party Spokesperson for Police Simeon Brown.
“It is distressing to see that in the last year police were only able to attend half of the mental health calls they received from the public with police saying they are unable cope with the increasing demand.
“Police attended more than 70,000 mental health calls in the past year which was a 10 per cent increase from the year before demands for service but have increased by more than 60 per cent in the past five years. Police estimate that this trend will only get worse with mental health related calls expected to increase by 44 per cent by 2025.
I’m sure everyone recalls Labour in 2017 saying mental health was their big priority and hat a difference they would make.
The difference in a 60% increase in mental health calls to Police and half of them not being able to be responded to.