This study examines the quantity and nature of police interactions for people with mental illness in London, Ontario, Canada, in 2001. An algorithm designed for a police services administrative database was used to identify 817 people with mental illness and 111,095 people without mental illness. Charges and arrests were examined using 100 randomly selected records. People with mental illness had 3.1 more police interactions on average than the general population, and they were more frequently charged and arrested. As police officers became more familiar with the individuals, they were not much more likely to identify them as violent even when a person with mental illness had been a violent perpetrator.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health|
|State||Published - Apr 1 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health