A number of Mental Health Practitioners (MHPs) have been deployed to Lincolnshire Police headquarters in Nettleham to support and advise officers from today.
The £60,000 pilot project is being funded by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones and involves MHPs from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust supporting front-line officers.
Officers on patrol across the county have said they are increasingly dealing with cases which involve mental health and learning disabilities.
The crisis nurses will be on hand six days a week to offer advice and help officers deal with situations or direct them to alternative services.
The MHPs will provide a link between the force and services such as the Rapid Response Vehicle for Lincoln and Gainsborough, mental health liaison services within A&E and the Section 136 Suite.
PCC Marc Jones said: “I hope the new project will provide valuable support for officers dealing with very difficult circumstances on a daily basis as they keep our communities safe.
“The new crisis nurses will be on hand to help officers with the right advice, guidance and support to manage situations in the best way and to get the right help to the right place quickly.”
Dr John Brewin, LPFT Chief Executive said: “We are pleased to be working jointly with Lincolnshire Police in this way, and that the more vulnerable members of the community will be supported at such times of crisis.”