If a constable1 finds in a place to which the public has access2 a person who appears to him to be suffering from mental disorder3 and to be in immediate need of care or control, then, if he thinks it necessary to do so in the interests of that person or for the protection of other persons, the constable may remove him to a place of safety4. A person so removed to a place of safety may be detained there for a period not exceeding 72 hours5 for the purpose of examination by a registered medical practitioner6, interview by an approved mental health professional7 and the making of any necessary arrangements8 for his treatment or care9. A constable, an approved mental health professional or a
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