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Police officers in Northumberland are working with Alzheimer's Society staff to improve their understanding of dementia

10/12/2013

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Police officers in Northumberland are working with Alzheimer's Society staff to improve their understanding of dementia

Northumbria Police officers have been given specialist training to help advise them 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 is living with dementia has gone missing, officers now have a better understanding of their condition.

There are 4,650 people with dementia in Northumberland, which is expected to rise to 4,740 by 2015.

'This has been an excellent experience for us and has really helped us gain more knowledge of the conditions associated with dementia.

Northumbria Police works 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 is backing the initiative. She said:

'Alzheimer's Society are doing an amazing job in helping give a better understanding of dementia and how it affects people.  

I'm delighted that Northumbria Police is working with the Alzheimer's Society to provide training for police officers to ensure officers continue to provide the best service possible.'

Helen Foster, Acting Operations Director North for Alzheimer's Society, echoed her sentiments. She added:

'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 Alzheimer's Society work as the number of people with dementia rises.'

Source; Alzheimers Society

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