Tynedale: Officers forge new links with dementia society
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 23 October 2013
POLICE in Tynedale are working with the Alzheimer’s Society to help understand dementia.
Officers across Northumberland have been given specialist training about the disease and how it can affect people.
This includes how to spot the signs of someone with dementia and how to handle their needs.
It’s hoped that when police have to deal with incidents where the victim has dementia, or if someone living with dementia has gone missing, officers will have a better understanding of their condition.
There are 4,650 people with dementia in Northumberland, and this figure is expected to rise to 4,740 by 2015.
Superintendent Mick Paterson, of Northumberland Area Command, has been working with the Alzheimer’s Society on the project and hopes it will help build on relations between police and those with dementia and their families.
Supt Paterson said: “This has been an excellent experience for us and has really helped us gain more knowledge of the conditions associated with dementia.
“Northumbria Police work hard to engage with the public and this is another example of how working with our partners can provide the best possible policing service to our communities.
“I’d like to thank the Alzheimer’s Society and hope this encourages further partnership working with us and other forces and services around the country.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “The Alzheimer’s Society is doing an amazing job in helping give a better understanding of dementia and how it affects people.
“I’m delighted that Northumbria Police are working with the society to provide training for police officers to ensure officers continue to provide the best service possible.”
Acting operations director North for the Alzheimer’s Society, Helen Foster, welcomed the new initiative.
She said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with Northumbria Police in what we are certain will be a very valuable partnership.
“Police officers perform a vital role in our communities and by working together we can take very important steps towards making the Northumbria Police force area a better place to live for people with dementia, their carers and their loved ones.
“The fact that Northumbria Police have made a commitment to make our communities more dementia-friendly represents a major boost to the Alzheimer’s Society work as the number of people with dementia rises.”
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