Police stations - Why?
Why might I be taken to the police station?
There are three ways you might come in to contact with the police:
- The police take you from a private place to a place of safety if you seem to have a mental illness and need care (section 135 of the Mental Health Act).
- The police take you from a public place to a place of safety if they think you have a mental illness and need care (section 136 of the Mental Health Act).
- The police think you have committed a crime.
This section looks at what happens when the police arrest you and hold you at the police station because you committed a crime or they think you have.
You can find more about section 135 and 136 by clicking on the topics below:
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