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I am looking for information related to allowing police onto the psych unit with their weapons. What are you all doing? Also if there is any relavent research out there. Thanks for helping as we explore this.
In my facility, the protocol/policy was that we, staff, never were to call police.
The reason, as was explained to me by administration, is because police rules are different from our rules. And theirs supersede. They told of an incident when a pt was being particularly aggressive and had assaulted a staff member. Pt would not cease the aggression, therefore police were notified. They came with guns and tasers. Staff was told by the police that they could not disarm themselves if they were called and let into the building. I was told it was heart wrenching to watch the pt get tasered.
Therefore, policy was to only make a police report if the pt initiated it, as is their right if they were assaulted.
Staff would then escort the pt to the police car outside of the building.
Sorry, don't know about relevant research, this is just what I learned at work.