Barry Coppinger with Andrew Ball from the Alzheimers Society.
Cleveland Police will join the local Dementia Action Alliance during Dementia Awareness Week (15th May -21st May).
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger will sign the Dementia Friendly Charter on Tuesday 17th May, a commitment to help improve the level of engagement between Cleveland Police and those who live with dementia and the people around them.
The Charter also details Cleveland Police’s commitment to train all existing and new staff on dementia awareness, creating a support network of trained staff who will provide extra support and advice to colleagues when required, displaying the ‘Working to Become Dementia Friendly’ logo in police buildings and other appropriate locations and working with partner agencies to increase awareness and engagement regarding dementia within the community.
The Force will also adopt the ‘Herbert Protocol,’ which encourages carers, families, friends and neighbours of those with dementia to hold information about the person with dementia which could help the police find them if they go missing.
This protocol is a national scheme that will be adopted within Cleveland Police’s ‘missing from home’ policy and will also work in partnership with local care homes and medical establishments.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “As an emergency service, Cleveland Police has a responsibility to protect vulnerable people. By signing the Dementia Friendly Charter we are showing clearly our commitment to improving the levels of engagement between Cleveland Police and those with dementia, their families and others around them.”
Inspector Phil Spencer, from Cleveland Police Incident Response Team, said: “We have been working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society on how we can better engage with vulnerable people with dementia and those caring for them. By adhering to all of the principles in the Charter and increasing awareness amongst officers and staff we are improving our service within local communities.”
Andrew Ball, Dementia Action Alliance Project Manager said “We are delighted that Cleveland Police are committed to improving their levels of engagement with people living with dementia and their families.
“There are more than 34,000 people across the North East living with dementia and by signing this charter they are demonstrating their determination to increase their own knowledge and protect those living with dementia when they most need it. Our aim is to ensure people living with dementia remain an active part of their local community for longer and this charter certainly helps us achieve that aim.”
Posted on Monday 16th May 2016