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The Trust’s Criminal Justice, Liaison and Diversion (CJLD) Service has received a prestigious honour from Dorset Police.
The team has been presented with a commendation for their contribution to supporting the police in assisting vulnerable people in both the community and custody settings.
The Criminal Justice, Liaison and Diversion Service works directly from police custodies in Weymouth and Bournemouth, supporting individuals from across the county, both young and old, who have mental health needs or learning disabilities.
The recognition comes following a recent inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) of Dorset Police custody suites last year.
This inspection considered the care offered by the Trust’s Liaison, Diversion and Street Triage initiatives to be excellent, and observed the strategic partnership with mental health services which has delivered a significant reduction in the number of people brought into police custody.
Service Manager Stan Sadler said: “Receiving this award has been a great privilege and represents the huge contribution made by our team in pursuit of integrated and highly effective partnership working with Dorset Police.”
The award itself was presented to Stan by Chief Inspector Guy Shimmons and Dorset Police Mental Health Lead Katie Ford at a partnership engagement event in Bournemouth.
Jan Steadman, Head of Criminal Justice and Custody at Dorset Police, said: “Due to the effective strategic partnership with mental health services, detainees of all ages continue to have excellent access to prompt mental health support.
“It is to the credit of the CJLD team that we have produced some positive outcomes for people with mental health issues and it was only right and proper that they were commended. We continue to work well together to further improve the services provided with a very cohesive and strong partnership.”