Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police is a county force and its South hub includes Luton. Luton police serves a diverse population of over 200,000, with a projected number of 12,600 people being over the age of 65 by 2015. Approximately 35% of the population are from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. In 2012 there were 560 people on GP registers with dementia and It is estimated that there will be, on average 450 new cases each year.

Updated:
27 January 2016
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
Luton Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

As the local police service Bedfordshire Police will work in partnership with people with dementia, their carers, local authority, health partners, businesses and voluntary and community sector to ensure that people with dementia and their carers:

  •  Are given all support possible protect them, keep them safe and prevent them from becoming victims of crime
  • Are heard, providing support and advice where necessary
  • Ensure that people’s legal and human rights are safeguarded, promoted and maintained
  • Work in partnership and collaboratively across the public sector and voluntary sector.

2.  What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The key challenges for Bedfordshire Police are:

  • Raising public and professional awareness of dementia
  • Reassuring people and ensuring that that we give clear appropriate advice and support to keep them safe and to target harden their property.
  • Providing and delivering appropriate training across the service to ensure that all staff have the appropriate skills and knowledge to support and engage with people living with dementia and their carers
  • Building sustainable and effective communication channels with all agencies in both in the public and voluntary sector and working together to provide the very best support possible.

Member contacts

www.bedfordshire.police.uk

2. Actions

  • Safeguarding – Multi Agency

    1. Where practicable to do so and if the sufferer of dementia and their carers’ are willing; a PCSO will visit the home address of those diagnosed with dementia, take personal details and photograph and record on police systems as a “found” missing person.  An information marker will be placed on the sufferers’ address giving this information quickly to any officer attending.  This will help give an efficient and speedy response to any call in the future where a sufferer has gone missing from home.

    2. The Police will work with partners to identify any sufferer with dementia in their communities and take referrals from any agency.

    3. A referral will be made from that visit to the Fire Service for them to do a community fire safety visit at the same address.

    4. A referral will be made to the Bobby Van if required to ensure that the premises is as secure as possible and full crime prevention advice given.

    5. The use of nominated neighbour/neighbourhood watch support and Alzheimer’s’ society information on the will be discussed with the sufferer and assistance will be given to help signpost if possible. 

    Status:
    Implementation

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Carer Advice - Support

    Education and support to be given to those who care and advice given on how they could keep a sufferer safe and what sort of response they could expect when they call 999.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Awareness Training for the Police Service

    1. Deliver dementia awareness training to public engaging staff and officers
    2. Incorporate dementia specific objectives into our MH strategy.
    Status:
    Planning

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New Member