Multiple contacts with diversion at the point of arrest

Med Sci Law. 2003 Apr;43(2):105-10. doi: 10.1258/rsmmsl.43.2.105.


A diversion at the point of arrest (DAPA) scheme was set up in five police stations in South Birmingham in 1992. In a study of all referrals made over a four-year period a sub group of multiple contact individuals was identified. During that time four hundred and ninety-two contacts were recorded in total, of which 130 were made by 58 individuals. The latter group was generally no different from the single contact group but did have a tendency to be younger. This research highlights the need for a re-evaluation of service provision and associated education of police officers and relevant mental health care professionals.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Crime / psychology*
  • Criminal Law
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Law Enforcement*
  • London
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurses / psychology
  • Police / education
  • Police / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Referral and Consultation*