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Dr Allyn Thomas

PhD Student


Allyn retired from a career in the Police during which he had developed an interest in improving the way that people suffering from mental illness were dealt with, both by the police and within the criminal justice system.

Allyn has taken this forward into his present research which is examining the way in which police use their own powers to detain people in public, who appear to be ill and may cause harm to themselves or others. This power is conferred by Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. This process of detention also draws together professionals from within Health and Social Services and a range of concerns have been raised recently about its operation and effectiveness. It is intended that the research will analyse the operation of the process in England, identify the problems and propose and evaluate remedies for them.

He is undertaking this part-time and in addition runs a mobile village cinema, is the Chair of a 'not for profit' company - the Association of Business Crime Partnerships, is a carpenter and assists his wife Jacqueline, who is a keen bee keeper.

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