A chief constable has vowed to stop “unlawfully” holding people with a mental illness in police cells because the NHS has no beds for them.
Shaun Sawyer, chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, wrote to Devon Partnership NHS Trust to say it would be held to account in future.
The letter, leaked to the Express and Echo, says legal action may be taken if the situation is not resolved.
The trust said it was disappointed, but accepted more needed to be done.
Mr Sawyer said while it was “unedifying” to sue a public body, he would do so if necessary.