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No. 210, September 2017
 
2) More police – or more social workers?
The College of Policing in the UK estimates that around 84 per cent of all incoming calls to command and control centres are for “non-crime” incidents. Rather than law breaking, the core business of police work today is on something officially defined as “Public Safety and Welfare” – mental health, child protection, missing persons and suicides. The chief inspector of constabulary said: “The police are considered to be the service of last resort. In some areas, particularly where people with mental health problems need urgent help, the police are increasingly being used as the service of first resort. This is wrong.” http://www.polizei-newsletter.de/links.php?L_ID=450