Mental health staff to be based in police stations
4 January 2014 Last updated at 08:31 GMT
Mental health nurses are to be based in police stations and courts in 10 areas of England as part of a pilot scheme aimed at cutting reoffending.
The nurses' duties will include helping officers to respond to calls and identify those with problems.
Ministers said too often criminals with mental health problems were being diagnosed only once they reached jail.
Tom Symonds reports.