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Government says Police are trained to deal with mentally ill persons

Acting National Security Minister Dennis Moses is assuring citizens that police officers are trained to treat with confrontation by all categories of persons including the mental ill.

Minister Moses gave the response in the Senate this afternoon as he answered a question posed by the Opposition from the Order Paper.

He was asked in light of another fatal shooting of a mentally ill person what is being done to address this situation.

Minister Moses explained that the Police Service Academy Induction Training Programme offers training to recruits with respect to treating with mentally ill persons.

Senate President Christine Kangaloo puts an abrupt end to the contribution of Opposition Senator, Wade Mark.

It came following several warnings by Ms Kangaloo to Senate Mark about his language during his input to debate in the Senate this afternoon on the Miscellaneous Provisions Trial by Judge Alone Bill, 2017.

Mr Mark was stopped by the Senate President close to the end of his allotted time for presentation.

Earlier in the proceedings Mr Mark claimed that the bill can be used as a means to have political influence in matters which go to the court.

Meanwhile, government Senator Jennifer Baptiste Primus defending the bill arguing that  the state is seeking to make available other options that can be used  in the justice system.

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