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I think the police have a lot of mental health clients to deal with which they shouldn't have to.
However, my personal experience with the police has been overall awful. The worst example is that our house was robbed when I was 13, the police couldn't figure out whodunnit, I found out it was my friend's brother through 13 year old gossip, confronted him, he returned the stuff. My parents then phoned the police to tell them we had solved it ourselves, they came round, took statements, took the returned stuff off us 'for evidence' and we never saw it again. We chased up on it, and the same officer who took the stuff off us after we had it returned from the culprit dealt with our claim himself, and found that he never took anything. I was 13 at the time, and my parents were stupid, so now I'm 25 it's probably not worth chasing up.
That's my worst experience with the police, and we were the victims.
I follow the local police on Twitter now, along with police bloggers, Nightjack, and a few anti-police types.
My general impression is that the individuals who make up the police are well-meaning, and are themselves concerned subjects. However, the police as a group have a pack psychology, use the same terminology as oppressed minorities, and follow an unquestioning theology of morality (they always seem to find cannabis possession/consumption a black and white issue as ALWAYS EVIL, for example). I do sympathise with the mental health issues the police have to deal with, but rather than blaming the NHS, I think it would be easier if the police just got some MH training. I also find it uncomfortable when police find Mental Health people a burden, but not the free-will criminals. And when they talk about being assaulted while they are the ones trying to confine a mental health patient to a cell which is below legal standards.
tl:dr, My opinion of the attitude of the police is that they are never wrong; they are either correct or an oppressed, misunderstood minority. But something needs to be done about Mental Health.