Right Care, Right Person – An Update

Ensuring that vulnerable people get the right support from the right agency when they need it

‘Right Care, Right Person’ is a project Suffolk Constabulary are looking to deliver to ensure that vulnerable people are given the right support from the right agency when they need it.

Frequently, police officers are left looking after people with health or social care needs who require specialist medical support that our officers are not trained or expected to provide.

In recent years we have seen a significant rise in the number of calls for service we receive that are related to mental health.

You may have seen some local media coverage on this issue that confirms our intention to follow in the footsteps of the Met police and Humberside who are also adopting this approach. Other police forces will also be doing the same, supported by a national partnership agreement.

We will be working with key stakeholders in the care sector and local authorities to identify where gaps exist, so that they can make the necessary changes to their service provision and ensure that vulnerable people are given appropriate care by the appropriate agency.

In the interests of openness and transparency, here is a letter Chief Constable Rachel Kearton and Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk Tim Passmore (PDF, 171KB) have sent to partners and stakeholders advising them of our intentions.

For more information please visit the Suffolk Constabulary Website.