Estimated rates of mental disorders in, and situational characteristics of, incidents of nonfatal use of force by police
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 07/05/2012
Kesic D et al. – Psychoses and schizophrenia are dramatically overrepresented in cases where police resort to using force. Situational characteristics evident in the encounters are suggestive of a sub–group of people with mental disorders presenting with aggressive and otherwise problematic behaviours coupled with histories of criminal offending; this presents significant ongoing challenges for the police.