The Police as Street Corner Psychiatrists and Their Effectiveness in that Role

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The Police as Street Corner Psychiatrists and Their Effectiveness in that Role

The mentally disordered only come into contact with the police when their unusual behaviour is noticed by the public and with that call the police for help. Automatically the mentally disordered are labelled as bad or criminals instead of mad people who do need help. If someone who is suffering from a mental disorder gets into a dispute or is causing public disorder the police are called to the scene and it is there they have to look at the person and 'diagnose' if the suspect has a mental disorder. The police have to decide if the person is going to be a threat to themselves or to the public if so they will enforce
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Firstly, police are taught the definition of mental disorder. According to the P.A.C.E act, mental disorder is arrested or incomplete development of the mind; psychopathic or disability of the mind. Once they are taught the definition they then are taught what specific words in that definition means, arrested refers to trauma suffered by the mind and this can be a result from an ongoing medical condition, incomplete development refers to the mind not being complete from birth; the mind having not developed completely from the foetal stage. Psychopathic refers to a person who has very tunnel vision. They become very focused on a particular thing or person and get become extremely violent to get what they want. Disability of the mind can refer to people suffering from some form of mental 'handicap'. This includes downs syndrome/autism or other forms of communication problems or memory difficulties. Once they know what mental disorder means they are taught what symptoms or signs to look for in order to diagnose a mental condition once on a scene of a crime. Police are taught that even though they have to look for these signs on the street, they are not doctors. They should look for hyperactivity, hallucinations, hearing voices, panic, irrational fear, wild look, wide eyes and rapid speech, mood swings, suicidal thoughts, sweating, clenched fists and frowning are many symptoms

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