Mental Health and Policing Fund
One of the PCC’s priorities is making sure people with mental health issues who come into contact with the police have access to the right support. This includes victims, witnesses and offenders. They could be in crisis or a missing person or needing to access support in the community.
Around a third of all of Kent Police's time is spent dealing with mental health issues, and the PCC created the Mental Health and Policing Fund to address this trend by supporting relevant schemes and projects.
Up to £20,000 is available for:
- Projects that ensure those with mental health issues that come into contact with the Police are able to access the right support
- Raising awareness and deliver training on mental issues that may result in people coming into contact with the Police
- Preventative projects which enable those with mental health issues that may come into contact with the police to be diverted
- Delivering alternative places of safety or safe places for those suffering a mental health crisis to access support
- Projects that reduce demand on policing