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Police officers encounter people with mental illnesses every day, whether they are perpetrators, victims, or witnesses of crime. In 2013 alone, NSW police responded to more than 40,000 mental health incidents; while in Victoria, the police apprehend one person every two hours and take them to hospital for assessment
Ogloff, J. & Thomas, S. (2014). Training police to better respond to people with mental illness. The Conversation, 4 March 1-3.