Psychiatric nurses could be given the powers of special police constables within the next few months in Western Australia, reported the Herald Sun and other news media.
As part of an effort to build “mental health co-response teams,” Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan told media that mental health nurses would be given “limited police powers.” These powers could include, the Herald Sun reported, “the ability to stop and search, restrain and move on people and enter premises.”
“It’s a very easy thing to do and it’s a very important thing to do,” O’Callaghan said. “The police force of the future is not just about lots of blue shirts going around doing stuff, it’s a combination of people.”
New mental health co-response powers still going ahead in WA (WA Today, May 31, 2015)
WA nurses to get new police powers with frontline mental health teams (Herald Sun, May 31, 2015)