Across England and Wales, police forces report that they are increasingly being asked to become involved with mental health issues.
The Guardian understands police use of mental health detention powers across England and Wales will rise again when the latest figures are published later this year, having hit 28,271 in 2015-16.
In 2005-06, the power was used 17,417 times, illustrating the growth in demand for police involvement. Police fear it will be a continuing trend.
A street triage project available in North Staffordshire, where calls are attended by a mental health expert and a police officer, showed that in the majority of cases, police were not needed to resolve the problem.
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