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Greater Manchester Police

The role of the police service is to maintain public order. GMP employees work in collaboration with the communities in which they serve to maintain law and order and protect members of the public as well as their property and reduce the fear of crime. Greater Manchester Police’s Force Purpose is to: ‘Protect communities and help keep people safe’. As part of the Prime Minister’s dementia challenge, Greater Manchester Police pledge to support those with dementia and their families, to live safe lives and to feel supported within their communities. This will improve the quality of life for sufferers, their families and the communities in which they live and work.

31 May 2016
North West
Emergency Services Sector
Local Alliances:
Bury Dementia Action Alliance, Bolton Dementia Action Alliance , Salford Dementia Action Alliance , Tameside and Glossop Dementia Action Alliance, Trafford Dementia Action Alliance, Wigan 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?

GMP wants people with dementia and their families to feel supported within society and we believe we can play a role in making that a reality.  

When GMP employees come into contact with those with dementia, they can ensure that the person is treated with dignity and respect and ultimately feels a valued member of the community and that they retain personal choice/control or influence over decisions affecting them, by taking time to understand and listen to their wishes and explaining clearly how police can support them (and their Carer) and keep them safe.                                              

The positive role GMP can play can be shared locally with partner agencies and third sector organisations and at a National, and International, level with other police forces and key partners.

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

As a large organisation, providing dementia awareness training to all staff is taking time to complete due to abstraction issues from day to day duties but the enthusiasm to attend such sessions has not waned.  As the number of people in our communities diagnosed with dementia increases, GMP will need to be in a position to respond effectively to issues that arise i.e. door step crime, responding to  people ‘missing from home’ etc.  GMP now has in place a Staff Dementia Carer Support Group. In a period of financial constraints the wellbeing of staff, who also act as carers for loved ones, will need to be carefully balanced with the demands placed upon the organisation. Support and empathy is vital to ensure support is offered to employees affected by dementia.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness

    Continue to raise awareness and understanding of dementia, internally, by holding Dementia Friends Sessions and adding dementia information to GMP’s Mental Ill Health and HR websites, while signposting staff to supportive HR policies for carers, and the Staff Dementia Carer Support Group so the best possible service can be provided for people internally and externally. Hold further Dementia Awareness sessions which address additional cultural factors that exist in our communities.

    GMP supported Dementia Awareness Week 2016 actively through officers attending dementia awareness sessions in the community, with a particular focus on sessions across different cultures - reported on here in this Rochdale News article.


    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Two divisions so far in the Force are now fully Dementia Friends trained. Additional sessions have been held to raise specific awareness of Dementia in the South Asian Communities that we police.

    A Staff Dementia Carer Support Group now runs to support staff who care for a loved one with dementia.

  • Promote Dementia Friendly Communities

    Taking an active role in encouraging people and organisations locally, and nationally, to become Dementia Friends and to create dementia friendly communities, by circulating positive social media messages.

    To continue to support local dementia initiatives with the aim of making further dementia friendly communities.



    2015 - Fourth Quarter Update

    A Greater Manchester High Sheriff's Award was granted in time for Dementia Awareness Week in 2015. It enabled a large number of dementia friendly community guidance booklets to be printed for three specific areas in Greater Manchester. GMP staff worked with the Alzheimer's Society and local volunteers to distribute them to members of the public during that week in community and leisure centres, schools and outside supermarkets. A great response from the public was received.

  • Crime investigation and victim support

    GMP will actively investigate crimes committed against those with dementia, offer victim support and highlight to the CPS offences which are Disability Hate Crimes.

  • Improve partnership working

    GMP will continue to commit to improving partnership working in order  better to respond to people with dementia and their carers or families.

    Dementia is part of the Manchester Devolution Health and Social Care Mental Health & Wellbeing work plan. GMP are involved in this partnership work and will contribute to the specific goals set where possible.


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    GMP have spoken at a GP Masterclass on policing and dementia discussing care pathways and improved information sharing. A further input is to be delivered to the Secondary Care scetor in a Masterclass on the 15th June 2016.

  • Signposting and information

    GMP will refer safeguarding concerns concerning those with dementia, and their carers, when required, to appropriate partner agencies for additional support to be considered and continue to respond to ‘missing from homes’, sharing guidance to staff on how dementia impacts on those who go wandering.

    GMP will continue to raise awareness of devices that can assist those with dementia and their loved ones, such as the Guardian Angel Dementia Buddy devices and the Dementia Emergency App.


    2016 - First Quarter Update

    GMP continue to support the roll out and awareness raising of Dementia Buddy devices created by the Good Deeds Trust in Wigan.

    A 5 minute video box has been created to educate police officers in how to recognise the devices and how they can assist police to identify an individual with dementia who is confused and return them home safely at the earliest opportunity.

  • Support the Greater Manchester Dementia Action Alliances

    GMP will continue to contribute to the work of Greater Manchester Dementia Action Alliances as they grow in number.

  • Emergency Cards

    GMP will continue to advertise and distribute Emergency Cards (E cards)to members of the public with dementia/ disabilities who request them to aid in communication if they ever need assistance.

  • Doorstep Crime Prevention

    GMP will continue to provide advice to people with dementia and their carers, to highlight doorstep crime prevention and disability hate crime.

  • Share best practice

    GMP will share good practice developed within the force and nationally via NPCC networks and appropriate police forums.